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  • Ted Cruz Fires Back at Mitt Romney

    07/31/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 31, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mitt Romney is out there ripping into Ted Cruz, and I made the observation that I can't recall a presidential candidate -- losing presidential candidate -- ripping presidential candidates in his own party in the next election cycle. I was trying to think, in the modern era, if there was an example of it. I couldn't think of one. It wasn't so much trying to think of Reagan's 11th commandment as I was thinking more about establishment Republican versus upstart Tea Party conservative. By the way, here's another thing: I've been doing... In the course of show...
  • What's Wrong With Politics: The Ted Cruz Edition

    07/31/2015 4:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Blue Nation Review's Public Enemies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Shawn Drury
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a very smart accomplished guy. That does not mean he will ever be elected president, the office he currently seeks. His views are well to the right of most Americans, and that includes Republicans. Cruz also has a penchant for losing the filter that exists between his very capable brain and his mouth. Slamming one of your party’s leaders on the Senate floor isn’t normally a good idea. In national polls, Cruz gets about 5 percent of the Republican vote. Among the early voting states, he does a little better in Iowa and South Carolina...
  • Houston 'moneyman' ponies up $10 M for Cruz

    07/31/2015 10:38:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jennifer Reiley
    Toby Neugebauer, the son of a U.S. Texas congressman, donated almost a third of the funds raised by Super PACs supporting presidential hopeful U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. Neugebauer, son of Lubbock Republican Randy Neugebauer, donated $10 million to "Keep the Promise II," one of four PACs for Cruz of the same name. Neugebauer is the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm in the energy industry. According to Bloomberg, the firm has managed more than $7 billion in commitments since 1998. Neugebauer is heavily involved in the energy industry,...
  • Is it possible Lindsey Graham could lose the GOP Primary in his home state? YES! (Vanity)

    07/30/2015 8:02:09 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 29 replies
    July 30, 2015
    CALLING ALL SOUTH CAROLINA FREEPERS: The "low-information" voters do NOT determine the winners of Primaries like they do General Elections. Lindsey Graham and the GOP Establishment will get "down and dirty" in the SC Primary. And, I know he won his Senate Primary in 2014, against some light-weights that no one had ever heard of, but, Graham, and the GOP Establishment, have never come up against men like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. All you SC FReepers need to get organized now. Help Trump and Cruz defeat Lindsey Graham in his home state. What a slap in the face that...
  • Bernie Sanders Hosts a Nationwide House Party for Over 100,000 Would-Be Foot Soldiers

    07/30/2015 6:47:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times' First Draft ^ | July 30, 2015 | Nick Corasaniti
    It had all the markings of a Washington house party: guests milling about, talk of politics and policy, a few custom cocktails and a crowd that would make a fire-code enforcer sweat. Oh, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Indeed, on what the campaign is calling one of the most important days of its upstart movement, Mr. Sanders came to this small apartment in southwest Washington, looked into a camera and spoke live to what his campaign said was more than 100,000 supporters nationwide. “Enough is enough,” Mr. Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, told his followers, listing grievance after grievance,...
  • Q2: GOP Presidential Fundraising Breakdown (Pennsylvania-Read this to see the real race)

    07/30/2015 4:59:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Politics PA ^ | July 29, 2015 | Nick Field, Managing Editor
    The latest fundraising deadline was the first for several 2016 presidential candidates. They provide a view into how all the Oval Office hopefuls are faring so far. Furthermore, thanks to an impressive interactive map from the National Journal, we can chart each candidate’s fundraising by county. By compiling the county numbers, we found that in total $615,514* was contributed by Pennsylvanians to the eligible GOP presidential candidates from April 1st to June 30th. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finished first with $188,154 in donations from thirty-three of the counties in the commonwealth. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second with $78,160...
  • Presidential candidate to Cruz Alabama on bus tour

    07/30/2015 2:13:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | July 29, 2015 | Jordan LaPorta
    The Shelby County Republican Party announced Wednesday they will be hosting a “Southern Social” with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) and moon pies as part of a series of events the presidential candidate has scheduled that day in Alabama. Cruz will be meeting voters and speaking at the Pelham Civic Complex on Sunday August 9 from 2pm-4pm. The event is casual and open to the public. Yellowhammer’s Cliff Sims will also be in attendance and will be introducing the senator at the event. Campaign sources say Senator Cruz may also attend a service that morning at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Via a...
  • Ted Cruz Sells His Soul to to Frackers for $15 Million

    07/25/2015 7:59:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 25, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are bringing in a sizeable number of donations of under $100, Republicans have been going for the big money, like the huge score Ted Cruz just made from a pair of Texas frackers. Even so, on July 16, Newsmax made a big deal of Hillary receiving donations from wealthy individuals, with the headline, “Hillary Clinton’s Donations From Hedge Fund Titans Exceed Republicans.” Those Democrats are such elitists! You don’t want to be drinking milk when you read these things, at least not without a bib. And here the Texas Messiah, Ted Cruz, just hauled...
  • Welcome to the GOP kids’ table: Why the second-tier debates aren’t a death knell (Salon=experts)

    07/21/2015 12:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jim Newell
    Six candidates will miss out on the first primetime debate. Is that really such a terrible thing? We’re about two weeks out from the first GOP presidential debates and oh god this is so exciting. We here at Salon Dot Com consider it our first priority to inform the American consumer, and right now we’d urge you to stock up on popcorn *today* before the nation’s entire stock dries up. There will be two debates on August 6 in Cleveland: a grown-ups’ table and a kids’ table. The top ten candidates in an average of the five most recent national...
  • Behind in presidential polls, Ted Cruz surges in fundraising

    07/21/2015 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Market Watch's Capitol Report ^ | July 15, 2015 | Robert Schroeder, Fiscal Policy Reporter
    Ted Cruz is way behind in polls about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he’s killing it when it comes to fundraising. The Texas senator is in eighth place among the GOP White House hopefuls, according to the latest average of polls from RealClearPolitics. But Cruz places third in the money race, when counting his own campaign and affiliated super PACs, behind fellow Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the public got a look at how the campaigns are raising and spending money through the end of the second quarter. As The Wall Street Journal points out,...
  • Jeb Bush Is Meaner Than He Looks

    07/20/2015 10:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    If the other Bush campaigns are any guide, the gloves are about to come off. Like father, like son—or perhaps it’s the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Whatever cliché you prefer, one of the useful things about dynasties is that patterns emerge over time. With the Clintons, for instance, we know to pay attention to every modifying word and each verb tense they use (the meaning of “is” and such). The whole truth usually has to be dragged out of them—or discovered independently. Similarly, an examination of the Bush family legacy in campaigning makes clear that Jeb Bush’s...
  • Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Coming to Columbus (Georgia, August 8th)

    07/20/2015 6:32:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WTVM-V ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jason Dennis
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – He will be the first 2016 presidential candidate to visit the Chattahoochee Valley – and the just-announced event is next month. Ted Cruz (R), current U.S. Senator from Texas, will be in the Columbus area on August 8 at Solid Rock Church on 6959 Warm Springs Road in Midland. He’s currently one of the top tier Republicans running for the White House. Tickets are $20 each to cover costs and a buffet dinner provided by Country's Bar-B-Que, according to the organizers of this event, the Muscogee County Republican party. Leaders with that group also say this...
  • 2016 Presidential Candidates Placing Emphasis on New Marketing Techniques (Hillary & Ted leading)

    07/20/2015 8:04:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2015 | Samuel Edwards
    Because presidential elections only happen once every four years, it’s always interesting to see how campaigning changes in reference to technologies and tactics. A lot of innovation happens over the course of four years and it’s very rare for candidates to follow the same formula as those who went before them. In the 2016 race for the White House, this principle is already holding true. Social media and presidential campaigns If you turn back the clock 10 or 15 years, progressive media forms consisted of talk radio, the Internet and maybe a handful of podcasts. Presidential candidates that were able...
  • Jennifer Rubin: How to handle a bully like Trump

    07/19/2015 10:30:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 19, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the CINOs & Neocons
    As the candidates who will qualify for the presidential debate in August begin their preparations, they are going to want to bone up on a range of policy issues and make sure they have coherent answers to hard questions. (Now that Syria is a mess what do we do about it? If a Supreme Court vacancy opens on Day One, who is at the top of your replacement list? Has the president pardoned too few or too many people?) Equally important will be a game plan for neutralizing Donald Trump. Even before Trump self-destructed on Saturday, we saw candidates like...
  • Winners and losers in the first big cash grab of the 2016 presidential race

    07/18/2015 6:41:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News / Bloomberg News | July 18, 2015
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.expressnews.com/news/us-world/article/Winners-and-losers-in-the-first-big-cash-grab-of-6393000.php
  • Exclusive — ‘Proven Fundraiser’ Ted Cruz Can Defeat the Clinton Machine in 2016

    07/18/2015 6:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 18, 2015 | Rep. Jim Bridenstine
    Beating Hillary Clinton requires a Republican nominee who will energize all elements of the Republican Party: fiscal conservatives, national security conservatives, values voters, and constitutional conservatives. Nominating a milquetoast Republican who fails to gain the support of the whole party will cripple Republican enthusiasm and shrink turnout just as it has in previous elections. Since the media is going to chastise Republicans for rejecting the liberal agenda, let’s nominate a solid conservative, energize the Republican Party, and win. At a time when judicial activism and DC’s perverse incentives are concentrating power in Washington, we need a tested candidate who has...
  • Overlooked in the Cruz path to the White House

    07/18/2015 3:12:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Take ^ | July 17, 2015 | Bobby Cervantes
    Ted Cruz wants Republicans to ask themselves what his political father, Ronald Reagan, asked Americans more than 30 years ago: Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Everything he has done so far, since he became the first declared presidential candidate, has made this the central question of his campaign. He wants to seize on the dissatisfaction of social conservative hardliners and ride that wave to the nomination. Now, a new plan by a super PAC backing Cruz, shows the level of dedication to testing that presumption, particularity when it comes to the use of "wedge...
  • Obama's Donors Flocking To Sanders, Romney's Going To Rubio

    07/17/2015 2:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | July 17, 2015 | David Catanese
    Bernie Sanders is drawing more of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign donors than Hillary Clinton. And Marco Rubio is scoring the biggest share of Mitt Romney's contributors thus far. These are the findings of Crowdpac, a San Francisco-based political data-mining firm which analyzed the July presidential campaign finance reports. The Vermont senator has already received contributions from 24,582 of Obama's donors; whereas Clinton has only tapped just over 9,000 of them. Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor, has grabbed 383 Obama donors. That means Sanders has nabbed 72 percent of the 34,340 Obama donors who have given to a candidate in...
  • Conservatives Starting to Think Obscene Campaign Spending Might Be a Bad Thing

    07/17/2015 1:29:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Vanity Fair | July 15, 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/07/conservatives-starting-to-think-obscene-campaign-spending-might-be-a-bad-thing
  • The 63 Real Humans Who Donated $250 or More to Donald Trump (Attempted hit piece)

    07/17/2015 12:28:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 17, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Donald has raked in $96,000 so far, and from birther beliefs to ‘the immigration thing,’ the characters who contributed to that haul are a lot like the candidate himself.You learn a few things, calling the 63 individuals who donated more than $250 to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—helping him pull in a total of $96,000 in the 29 days since his June 16 announcement, according to the financial disclosure he released Wednesday evening. You learn, for instance, that President Obama, who is an African-born Muslim, wouldn’t help you if you were kidnapped in Iran, that not all undocumented Mexican immigrants...
  • Handling the Trump in the Room

    07/16/2015 5:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 16, 2015 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    There’s an elephant in the Republicans’ room that just won’t budge. Ted Cruz is trying to befriend it. Rick Perry is kicking at its shins. Chris Christie wants to pay it no attention without being offensive. The elephant, of course, is Donald Trump. The image may not be quite apt—Trump’s Republican bona fides are suspect, indeed, and he’s hardly being ignored by the voters, media, and other candidates. Truth is, many would argue an ornery monkey jumping about the room, throwing things, and performing tricks for the onlookers, would be a better comparison. Republicans, who have made a concerted effort...
  • First Read: How Donald Trump Shrank the GOP Field (NBC gets it wrong, again)

    07/16/2015 2:28:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NBC News' Meet The Press ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
    Yes, 17 Republicans are running for president. But the field seems much, much smaller than that -- especially after the last three weeks of attention on Donald Trump. To put it simply, Trump has shrunk the Republican field. Now that won't last; as we've written before, Trump's past comments on abortion and health care will come back to bite him among GOP voters. He'll come back down to earth, just as Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain eventually did in the 2012 race. But RIGHT NOW, it seems as if there are just three 2016 candidates out there: Hillary Clinton, Jeb...
  • Breitbart.com: Cruz Has More $ Than Jeb

    07/16/2015 2:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The fundraising numbers from last Federal Election Commission (FEC) fundraising quarter for 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz were so good combined with one week in the previous quarter, he has actually raised more hard money than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a new memo from his campaign manager Jeff Roe obtained exclusively by Breitbart News reveals. "With the release of each presidential campaigns second quarter fundraising and expenditure data, it is clear the Sen. Ted Cruz for President campaign is well positioned against the other candidates, the Roe memo reads. "Sen. Ted Cruz raised more 'hard money' than...
  • Winners and losers from the second quarter of fundraising

    07/16/2015 9:22:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    At midnight, the deadline for candidates for president (and other federal offices) to report how much they raised and spent over the first six months of the year were due at the Federal Election Commission. Campaign finance nerds are spending today (and tomorrow and the next day) combing through the fine print of each report for the nuggets that provide some insight into how candidates are raising and spending their money -- and why. While they do that, we thought we'd give some of the topline takeaways from the second quarter of fundraising for the 2016 presidential race. Below are...
  • Can Scott Walker Stop Trumpmania and Why Ted Cruz’s Fundraising Haul Was So Impressive

    07/15/2015 10:24:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | July 15, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Can Walker Stop Trump? Can Scott Walker end Donald Trump’s rise in the polls? According to the Washington Examiner, Walker has the resume that could end Trump. The Wisconsin governor is well suited to put an end to the Trumpnado. He offers a blue-collar, can-do conservatism. He appeals to various wings of the party. And most importantly, he can take away immigration as Trump’s signature issue. Walker’s tentative embrace of a populist immigration position isn’t without political risks. But right now he is the only top-tier presidential candidate who is speaking to the four-fifths of Republicans who are dissatisfied with...
  • Only 3 Percent of Jeb Bush's Campaign Cash Came from Small Donors

    07/15/2015 3:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 15, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    The Republican’s campaign is fueled mostly by big donors. The average size of a Bush donation: $926. Jeb Bush is a fundraising powerhouse among the Republican Party's biggest donors, but he is struggling among smaller donors. Of the $11.4 million his campaign raised during its first two weeks, only 3 percent came from donors who gave less than $200. Small contributors gave Bush only $368,023, the Bush campaign's federal filings show. Donors who gave the legal maximum of $2,700 accounted for more than 80 percent of Bush's total haul. For comparison's sake, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz raised $1.8 million from...
  • Huckabee campaign: Huckabee, outside groups have raised $8 million

    07/14/2015 8:01:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | July 14, 2015 | James Hohmann
    Mike Huckabee raised more than $2 million in the second fundraising quarter, in addition to $6 million raised by outside groups to boost the former Arkansas governor’s presidential campaign, according to two senior advisers. “The nearly $8 million raised to date is well over three times as much as Gov. Huckabee raised in the first three quarters combined of his 2008 campaign, when Huckabee was outspent 10:1 and won the Iowa caucuses and seven other states,” a Huckabee campaign official e-mailed several reporters, previewing the fundraising report on the condition of anonymity. Wednesday is the deadline for candidates to disclose...
  • Scott Walker: The Man Hillary Clinton Wants to Face in 2016

    07/14/2015 1:00:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | July 13, 2015 | Matt Teitelbaum
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Monday that he is running for President of the United States. With Walker's announcement, the Republican field of Presidential contenders is expected to include 17 major candidates by summer's end. Consensus among political insiders is that three of those 17 candidates have both a clear shot at winning the nomination and being competitive in a general election matchup with Hillary Clinton. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Walker have been dubbed the three candidates to watch in the coming months. Although Democrats salivate at the thought of facing an unelectable Republican like Ted Cruz or Donald...
  • GUEST COLUMN: Same-sex marriage guaranteed by the Constitution (Former GA Dem State Senator)

    07/13/2015 12:53:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Rome News-Tribune ^ | July 13, 2015 | Former State Sen. Kenneth Fuller (D-GA)
    I confess that I do not begin to understand homosexual or transgender issues. As life would have it, this matter has found its way into the lives of my own circle of friends and family members, people whom I love and respect most dearly. While I acknowledge that I do not fully understand the issues which formed the basis of the case before the Supreme Court, I am comfortable with the decision and fully believe the Court is right in its ruling that laws forbidding same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Frankly, I don’t have to understand anything other than that I...
  • Ted Cruz feuds with the New York Times — and loves it

    07/10/2015 5:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2015 | Dylan Byers
    The Texas senator is making the most of the Gray Lady’s refusal to put his book on its bestseller list.The campaign gods are smiling down on Ted Cruz, gifting him a feud with conservatives’ most despised news outlet at a time when most 2016 campaigns are gasping for Trump-free air. At issue: The New York Times refuses to grant the Texas senator’s memoir, “A Time for Truth,” a place on its powerful list of bestselling books, despite his publisher’s insistence that his numbers should vault him well ahead of other titles in the top 10. News of Cruz’s exclusion broke...
  • Here's why Donald Trump is really starting to scare at least one prominent Republican (Perot 2.0)

    07/09/2015 2:17:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 9, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    By even his own admission, Donald Trump has only a 10-20% chance of becoming the country's next president. And most Republicans don't consider him a threat to win the nomination. But at least one prominent Republican figure is starting to worry that Trump could end up on the general-election ballot in another way: by running as a third party candidate. At a meeting of Republican strategists and lobbyists reported by the New York Times on Thursday, former Republican congressman Thomas Davis raised the possibility that Trump could play spoiler as a third-party candidate. "You've got to keep him in the...
  • White House blasts Cruz for defending Trump, who’s in full-blown feud with Perry

    07/09/2015 1:54:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers ^ | July 9, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Amidst the GOP infighting over Donald Trump and an uproar in Congress over the Confederate flag, the White House jabbed at Sen. Ted Cruz today. Opening his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called out Cruz as one who – rather than condemning Trump for depicting Mexican immigrants as rapists and killers — “saluted” the real estate magnate-turned-candidate. The comments came in prepared opening remarks, suggesting the poke was anything but inadvertent. Cruz appeared earlier today on Fox Business Network and again declined to repudiate Trump’s comments. “No, I am proud to stand with Donald Trump. I...
  • Bush, Walker, Trump, Carson are in. Here’s who’s out of 1st debate.

    07/08/2015 12:47:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 7, 2015 | David Lightman
    <p>Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and six others would be in the first Republican presidential debate next month, while two governors, a U.S. senator and the 2012 Iowa Republican caucus winner would be out, according to a survey by NBC News’ political unit.</p>
  • Clinton, Bush lead 2016 fundraising race as Cruz, Carson exceed expectations

    07/07/2015 7:25:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, two establishment candidates with long-polished fundraising machines, are poised to finish the first half of the year with the most donations in a crowded 2016 presidential campaign field where the money chase is the first real primary. Republicans Ted Cruz and Ben Carson — relative political neophytes compared to the current bearers of the Clinton and Bush dynasties — also have exceeded expectations with their early fundraising. The rest of the field has its work cut out for it in a race that analysts say will require candidates to raise in the nine-figure amounts...
  • Cruz-Trump 2016 Ticket? You Betcha SNL Would Beg For It

    07/07/2015 2:23:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The San Antonio Current ^ | July 7, 2015 | Hernán Rozemberg
    How's this for a Dream Ticket? Cruz/Trump 2016. Probably wouldn't get far in a general election, but wouldn't it make for something most definitely entertaining to watch? Why, they'd serve up at least a year's worth of SNL skits just by announcing. Tempting scenario, but even in the circus-like atmosphere that the GOP primary is already turning into, there's actually a much more realistic – and likely previously worked out – strategy between the two loudmouths. He may still act all tough, but Trump has already publicly admitted not expecting the mega blowback he has received since unleashing his tirade...
  • Ted Cruz partners with donor’s 'psychographic' firm

    07/07/2015 2:03:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti
    The GOP candidate's campaign is working closely with a data company owned by Cruz's biggest donor.Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is working closely with a little-known company owned by his biggest donor that uses non-traditional “psychographic” analyses of voters to try to win them over with narrowly targeted micro-messages, POLITICO has learned. The company, Cambridge Analytica, has sent staff to Cruz’s campaign headquarters in Houston to help set up an intensive data analysis operation. Cambridge Analytica is connected to a British firm called SCL Group that provides governments, political groups and companies around the world with services ranging from military disinformation...
  • Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

    07/07/2015 12:36:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 7, 2015 | By Kevin Truong
    Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. Many observers expected Mitt Romney to slink away from politics after his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, but the former Massachusetts governor has instead embraced a new role as an elder statesman and kingmaker within the Republican Party. While he has shied away from open campaigning, Mr. Romney has taken to tacitly supporting the more moderate, establishment-friendly candidates in a packed and ideologically tangled field. “Romney, who flirted...
  • Pro-Trump super-PAC aims to raise ‘unlimited funds’

    07/06/2015 11:18:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 6, 2015 | Carl Campanile and Marisa Schultz
    An independent super-PAC has been formed to raise unlimited funds to power Donald Trump’s run for the presidency, The Post has learned. The political action committee is called Make America Great Again, the slogan of the Republican real estate mogul’s White House campaign. It says in its filings that it “intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts.” It does not specify whom it will support or oppose, but Jon Anderson, a Denver-based attorney involved in filing the paperwork, confirmed Make America Great Again is a pro-Trump PAC. “I am the election lawyer who represents the Make America Great Again political...
  • Ted Cruz’s $51 Million Haul: TEA Party Favorite Has Big Bucks Behind Him …

    07/05/2015 6:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    FITS News ^ | July 5, 2015 | Will Folks
    In a little more than three months, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign has raised more than $14.2 million from over 175,000 contributors. Combined with the $37 million raised by a political action committee backing Cruz, the Texas lawmaker’s presidential aspirations will be supported by a $51 million war chest. “The grassroots energy and support we are seeing is overwhelming,” Cruz said in a statement. “In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – and all across the country – we are seeing courageous conservatives coming together for real change. We’re reassembling the (Ronald) Reagan coalition – from conservatives to libertarians...
  • Ted Cruz's supporters make up bulk of $51 million raised for presidential bid

    07/05/2015 11:04:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 5, 2015 | Bill Trott, Reuters
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz and the outside groups supporting his presidential bid have raised more than $51 million in the three months since he launched his campaign for president, according to a statement from his campaign on Sunday. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on March 23 in a speech at the conservative school Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has raised far less in donations directly to his campaign than his supporters have collected for the four outside spending groups supporting him. The statement said there were 175,000 individual donations to the campaign with an average contribution of $81. About $10...
  • Cruz Boasts $51M War Chest After Raking in $10M

    07/05/2015 8:35:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | July 5, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign announced Sunday it raked in about $10 million during the second quarter of this year, bringing the balance available to promote his campaign to over $51 million. That number, which combines contributions to Cruz's campaign and the super PACs backing him, solidifies the senator's status as a potential second-place finisher in the first round of the 2016 money race. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to raise far more money than his competitors. The official numbers for both Cruz's campaign and the four pro-Cruz super PACs will not be disclosed until later this summer. But...
  • Social conservatives and libertarians will get married

    07/03/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Philip Klein
    The Republican Party, broadly speaking, is comprised of many factions that are often at odds with one another. Prominent examples are the battles between the grassroots and the national party establishment and between defense hawks and non-interventionists. Perhaps fiercer than any of these fights is the long-standing conflict between social conservatives and libertarians. But when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, they created an opening for a wedding between these two groups, which could benefit the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 election. To be clear, libertarians come in many stripes. There are those who reject the political...
  • It's D-Day for 2016 candidates: Your inbox probably can tell ("FEC Deadline Countdown")

    06/30/2015 4:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee / The Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2015 | Nancy Benac
    Hillary Clinton has a dinner invite for you. Jeb Bush is out to make a big splash. Rick Santorum wants to scare the heck out of you. Ted Cruz is looking for a sacrifice. Lincoln Chaffee wants to be your pal. Oh, and all of them want your money — and preferably before midnight on Tuesday night, please. Danger: The 2016 presidential candidates are emailing Americans such a flurry of appeals for money and support that the risk of inbox internal combustion is high....
  • Suburban mom leads charge for Cruz, state GOP (Michigan)

    06/30/2015 11:34:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Press &Argus' Livingston Daily | June 30, 2015 | Wayne Peal
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/politics/2015/06/30/wendy-day-ted-cruz/29491735/
  • Ted Cruz and Karl Rove spar over a passage in Cruz’s book

    06/28/2015 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | June 28, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Karl Rove are at odds -- over a description of what happened when former president George H.W. Bush donated to Cruz's campaign for attorney general of Texas in 2009. Rove is lashing out against assertions Cruz makes in his book, "A Time for Truth." Cruz writes that he went to see Bush in Maine and the meeting went well -- so well that Bush let Cruz borrow clothes and a belt buckle that said "President of the United States," and handed him a campaign donation check for $1,000. Cruz was invited to Maine by the...
  • Take heart, Patriot Americans!

    06/26/2015 11:57:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 26, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    Take heart, patriot Americans. In the end, with faith in God, we will prevail over the forces of evil recently manifested in the two Supreme Court decisions. Continue to oppose tyrannical Obamacare and any other government mandates, and do not recognize gay faux marriage. I know that I will not recognize it, and neither will my Church: http://www.pravmir.com/archbishop-demetrios-marriage-is-a-sacred-institu... Work hard to elect constitutional conservatives who hold traditional moral values like Ted Cruz for president. Things may look glum right now with this tyrannical progressive onslaught, supported by most of the media powers, but not nearly so dismal as what General...
  • ‘Jews for Cruz’ PAC ordered to change name

    06/24/2015 11:36:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Jewish Telegraph Agency's Telegraph Blog ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ron Kampeas, Washington bureau chief
    Ted Cruz would have to authorize the PAC for it to use its name, the FEC ruled. “Jews for Cruz” can be for just about anything but Cruz, the Federal Election Commission said, according to Time Magazine. The Jews for Cruz PAC backs Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his presidential bid, but Cruz has not authorized them to do so. Thus they must change their name, the FEC informed the PAC in a letter Monday. FEC rules (see page four, here) say a political action committee must have a formal affiliation with a candidate in order to include the candidate’s...
  • GOP 2016ers battle for second in fundraising war

    06/24/2015 9:26:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 24, 2015 | Sara Murray, Theodore Schleifer and Tom LoBianco
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The money race for second place is on. With a June 30 fundraising deadline drawing near, speculation over how much money Republican presidential candidates will collect is reaching a fever pitch. It's already clear that Jeb Bush will come out on top regardless of whether he hits or even surpasses the $100 million target many in the donor world set for the former Florida governor. The more interesting question, many donors and campaign operatives say, is who will come in second. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has an unusually broad donor list thanks to his highly publicized recall election and...
  • Trump: Rove 'Doesn't Have a Clue' Still Thinks Romney Won

    06/21/2015 8:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 21, 2015 | Greg Richter
    GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't take kindly to Republican operative Karl Rove saying on "Fox News Sunday" that people should ignore Trump as a serious candidate. As he often does with his critics, Trump took to Twitter Sunday to denounce Rove: Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump .@KarlRove still thinks Romney won! He doesn't have a clue! @FoxNews 7:54 PM - 21 Jun 2015 Trump specifically addressed Rove's criticism that even though he announced his run on Tuesday, he still had not filed a one-page declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission. Rove said Trump will put that off...
  • Colorado : Accusations Of Infidelity, Blackmail: State GOP Infighting Getting Nasty

    06/18/2015 8:05:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | June 17, 2015 8:25 PM n | DENVER (CBS4)
    A fight within Colorado’s Republican Party that involves accusations of an extramarital affair and blackmail could have a ripple effect on future candidates and elections. The infighting involves big name Republicans in Colorado and it could have implications for not only statewide elections, but national races. Colorado is a swing state that will not only be key in deciding the presidency next year, but control of the U.S. Senate. “It’s an ugly, sticky, yucky situation,” said former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo. Tancredo has been a magnet for controversy. He, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Pueblo GOP Chair Becky Mizel...