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  • ‘The Evidence Is Still Coming in’: Chris McDaniel Seeking Poll Book Access in Mississippi

    07/24/2014 2:47:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/24/2014 | BEN LEDBETTER
    While incumbent Thad Cochran will be the likely candidate to face Democrat and former Rep. Travis Childers this fall, state senator and Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate Chris McDaniel is not throwing in the towel – and checking for voting irregularities across the state. McDaniel’s ultimate goal is to get a new election by showing that people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary also voted in the June 24 Republican runoff. “This affects every voter in Mississippi,” said Mitchell Tyner, a member of McDaniel’s legal team, at a July 16 press conference from his Jackson office. “The...
  • Company men: The U.S. Chamber flexes its new political muscle

    07/22/2014 1:43:20 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 7/22/14 | Peter Hamby
    The plot to save Thad Cochran was hatched at Off The Record, the subterranean bar inside the Hay-Adams hotel in downtown Washington. In mid-June, just days before the Mississippi Senate runoff election, Tom Donohue, the hard-nosed CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was commiserating over drinks with Scott Reed, his senior political strategist, and Chip Pickering, a former Mississippi congressman-turned-telecom lobbyist. The trio were smarting. After racking up an enviable 10-0 winning streak in midterm races, Mississippi voters dealt the powerful business lobby a major blow: Cochran, a Senate stalwart supported by the Chamber and its allies in the...
  • McDaniel Can Beat Cochran .. At The Polls .. In November. Here’s How!! (Longshot, at best)

    07/21/2014 7:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Iizthatiiz Blog I Iz Blogging ^ | July 21, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    On July 7th, the Mississippi GOP Executive Committee certified the results of the June 24th primary run-off, declaring Thad Cochran the winner. Senator McDaniel has not accepted this result, and has refused to concede the election. McDaniel volunteers have been scouring ballot boxes and poll books across Mississippi’s 82 counties .. when they have been allowed access. Approximately two dozen county clerks still refuse to allow the McDaniel camp to examine the records. McDaniel representatives are expressing confidence that they have a case to make, believing they can cast overwhelming doubt on the 7,600 vote margin of victory that the...
  • Hillary Clinton Praises GOP Establishment, Big Business For Taking On Tea Party

    07/18/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by Hostage · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Hillary Clinton thanked the Republican establishment and its big business allies for taking on the Tea Party and defeating conservative candidates like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's June runoff. In a Thursday interview with Charlie Rose on PBS, Clinton said tea partiers and conservatives needed to be reined in. And she said it was about time the GOP establishment got a "wake-up call from the big business wing" that wants to continue the bipartisan big government policies that have made Washington, D.C.'s suburbs the country's wealthiest "boomtown." "Finally, the Republican establishment and their business supporters have woken up," Clinton said, noting...
  • Press Conference: We Found A Lot! This Is Much Bigger Than MS

    07/16/2014 11:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 16, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    One of the things I admire most about Senator Chris McDaniel is that he is keeping the fire burning. His updates not only help us keep our spirits high they restore confidence in our elected officials. He is still a state senator and he could have chosen the path of less resistance but he is fighting for the integrity of the process. ItÂ’s not as easy as he has made it look. There has been a lot of pressure for him to not pursue this but he remains focused but he is staying close to supporters who are following this...
  • FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

    07/16/2014 4:47:54 PM PDT · by randita · 7 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 7/16/14 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and PHILIP ELLIOTT
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and PHILIP ELLIOTT July 16, 2014 JACKSON, Miss. — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports. His vanquished rival insisted that was improper and said Wednesday that a legal challenge to the loss remained likely in the next 10 days. Barbour, a political giant in his state and a favorite of national donors, backed Mississippi Conservatives and his nephew Henry Barbour was a top official there. Mississippi Conservatives sent almost $145,000 to All Citizens for Mississippi, a...
  • What I've sent the NRSC the past two days…..

    07/16/2014 11:43:17 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 31 replies
    7-16-14 | Self
    I've gotten solitications from the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the past few days…with return envelopes. I've put sharp messages related to Mississippi shenanigans in both envelopes and sent them back. Will it have impact? Who knows….but if a lot of folks did, it might. I think there's some buyers remorse already about this.
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Poll Worker: Mississippi Election Documents Thrown Away

    07/15/2014 10:21:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 7/15/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Phil Harding, a 30-year Air Force veteran and Chris McDaniel supporter who helped run the June 24 primary runoff election in Harrison County, Mississippi, said he witnessed key documents being discarded and that a large volume of absentee ballot envelopes and applications are missing, making them unavailable for review by McDaniel´s campaign. However, another poll worker involved, a member of a local Harrison County GOP Executive Committee and Cochran supporter Frank Bordeaux, provided a significantly different account of the episode, saying the documents weren´t discarded. Harding´s account is included in a lawsuit from election integrity group True The Vote, which...
  • Why Mississippi matters to the GOP’s future

    07/15/2014 12:17:15 PM PDT · by Syncro · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/14/14 08:08 PM EDT | Sal Russo
    Why Mississippi matters to the GOP’s future By Sal Russo - 07/14/14 08:08 PM EDT If the recent Mississippi Senate primary was a GOP establishment bellwether, the Republican Party is in deep trouble. By resorting to a disingenuous and morally bankrupt campaign to win at all costs, the establishment exposed itself to be into politics only for the power. In order to grow the GOP and consistently win at the ballot box in November, Republicans need to start earning votes with conservative ideas, not government handouts. Since the Republicans’ dismal showing in the 2012 elections, party leaders have been working to...
  • McDaniel asks state high court to open records

    07/15/2014 9:50:16 AM PDT · by randita · 15 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 7/15/14 | Jeff Amy
    McDaniel asks state high court to open records By JEFF AMY July 14, 2014 Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2014/07/14/5698657/mcdaniel-asks-state-high-court.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1#storylink=cpyJACKSON -- U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel asked Monday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books. He's trying to prove people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary illegally voted in the June 24 Republican runoff won by incumbent U.S. Sen Thad Cochran. Cochran finished with a 7,667-vote margin of victory, according to official...
  • Cochran Gets Lost on Way to Senate Lunch (Went to Democrat Luncheon 'Accidentally') Read more:

    07/14/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | Cameron Joseph
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is back with his colleagues in Washington, D.C., after winning his hard-fought primary runoff — but he had a bit of trouble finding Senate Republicans' weekly luncheon on Tuesday. Cochran, while talking with The Hill, made a few wrong turns before accidentally ending up at Senate Democrats' luncheon. After exiting a Senate elevator on the wrong floor, Cochran and The Hill reboarded. He then found the right floor but turned away from the Senate GOP luncheon, a few yards from the elevator, to stroll in the opposite direction, arriving at the Democrats' weekly gathering a few...
  • Voting Totals Show How Blacks Helped Cochran to Victory

    07/11/2014 9:58:15 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 07:18 AM | Elliot Jager
    Sen. Thad Cochran's victory over state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi GOP runoff can most likely be attributed to the African American and Democratic turnout, The New York Times reported. Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes in a June 24 GOP runoff. About half of those votes came from heavily Democratic precincts. An analysis of 25 Mississippi precincts where President Barack Obama won at least 99 percent of the vote in 2012 showed that Cochran's vote total increased from 148 to 1,619. Obama voters who took part in the runoff backed Cochran 20 to 1. "The data strongly suggests...
  • Charles Johnson Press Conference (MS fraud allegations)

    07/13/2014 6:42:44 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/11/14
    Quite damning if true. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NeP-Wfvp7o&app=desktop
  • A Baptist Preacher Fires Back at a Republican (Circular) Firing Squad

    07/12/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/14 | Jerry Todd
    First Union Missionary Baptist Church, Meridian, MS is where we learned how Thad Cochran’s corrupt Senatorial re-election campaign upped the black vote by 30,000 over the last election with blatant lies and “walking around money” to narrowly beat opponent Chris McDaniel in last month’s Republican primary. The folks there are a bit upset with church member Rev. Stevie Fielder, the guy who broke the news. The media erroneously reported he was an Associate Pastor. No one I know blames the congregation for yielding to endless propaganda and sleazy enticements. (1) These very nice folks are upset with themselves for being...
  • Man who accused Cochran campaign of vote-buying changes story

    07/11/2014 8:35:53 PM PDT · by Sister_T · 22 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 11, 2014 | GOPUSA Staff
    A Mississippi man who accused the Thad Cochran campaign of paying African-Americans to vote for the senator in his primary runoff last month is walking back his story. Stevie Fielder told California-based blogger Charles C. Johnson he was asked to buy votes for $15 a pop in the June 24 runoff between Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Now, he's saying he never paid anyone to vote, saying the conversations he claimed he had with Cochran campaign staffers Kirk Sims and Amanda Shook were "hypothetical" and the interview with Johnson was edited.
  • McDaniel’s backers refile poll books lawsuit (New Details)

    07/10/2014 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Hostage · 33 replies
    Mississippi Business Journal ^ | July 10, 2014 | AP
    JACKSON — A federal lawsuit seeking voter records has been refiled in Mississippi’s southern district federal court. Texas group True the Vote and 22 Mississippi residents refiled their lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state Republican Party. The new version of the suit adds election commissions in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties. The plaintiffs say federal law requires authorities to release voting rolls and poll books without erasing voters’ personal information. They also say the law doesn’t allow fees for redaction, saying...
  • Mississippi Update: McDaniel Not Going Down Without A Fight

    07/10/2014 5:36:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    Last month, true conservatives won a huge victory in Virginia when Dave Brat ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in one of the biggest upsets in political history. Conservatives in Virginia sent a clear message that Americans are tired of entrenched incumbents that bend to the will of President Obama. Two weeks after Virginia’s primary, conservatives nationwide were robbed of a similar victory in Mississippi at the hands of well-funded liberal interest groups and even a Republican Super PAC who used leftist tactics to drive Democrat voters illegally to vote in a Republican primary runoff. Thad Cochran's campaign used the...
  • Mistrial in Mississippi Case Over Mayoral Election (2013 MS Corruption; Election Overturned)

    07/09/2014 8:09:43 PM PDT · by Hostage · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2013 | Alan Blinder
    For now, the incumbent, Johnny L. DuPree, remains in office, while the political stalemate continues. Mr. DuPree, the Democratic candidate for governor in 2011, has been locked in a bitter battle with former City Councilman Dave Ware since the June 4 balloting, which ultimately gave Mr. DuPree a 37-vote advantage. Mr. Ware, who ran for mayor as an independent, and his backers have waged a relentless battle since the vote, arguing that Mr. DuPree benefited from invalid absentee ballots and pervasive election fraud. (City officials also acknowledged that they had left a ballot-filled box unmonitored for a time after the...
  • In case you missed this video from McDaniel Campaign (Vanity)

    Being a relatively recent "newbie" to FR, I hope it's ok to do this. This 8 minute video was posted yesterday by another FReeper. Just want to make sure everybody has a chance to see it. Video: McDaniel Campaign Announces Challenge to MS Election, Predicts Victory
  • Missouri GOP head defends Tea Party candidate in divisive Mississippi senate race

    07/09/2014 2:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kevin McDermott
    In an unusual move that is getting some national political buzz, the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party is asking the national GOP to investigate campaign ads and robocalls that attacked Mississippi Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel in his failed attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin has requested that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appoint a task to investigate the “racially divisive” ads and robocalls that alleged McDaniel had racist ties. The request has turned some heads because, as the leader of a state Republican Party, someone in Martin's position would...
  • Thad Cochran gets lost in Senate building, winds up at Democratic event

    07/08/2014 4:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | July 8, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., got lost on his way to a Senate Republican luncheon on Tuesday and ended up at the Democrats' gathering instead, the Hill reported. The Mississippi senator, who recently won an intensely ugly primary election against Tea Party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel, apparently forgot where he was going while navigating the halls of Congress. “After exiting a Senate elevator on the wrong floor” Cochran re-boarded, the report notes. “He then found the right floor but turned away from the Senate GOP luncheon, a few yards from the elevator, to stroll the opposite direction, arriving at the Democrats' weekly...
  • Video: McDaniel Campaign Announces Challenge to MS Election, Predicts Victory

    07/08/2014 3:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 8, 2014 | Gary P. Jackson
    In a press conference on Monday, Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for the McDaniel campaign, announced their intentions to challenge the outcome of the June 24 run-off election against 6 term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran, who McDaniel defeated on June 3, but did not meet the required 50% +1 thresh-hold, setting the stage for the run-off, and all of the race baiting, illegal vote buying, and more by the Cochran campaign.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Video courtesy iizthatiiz Tyner is confident they will find enough votes to surpass the amount Cochran won the election by. We’re hearing they have already identified over 5000, with more...
  • Breaking: More Evidence of Illegal ‘Cash for Vote’ Operation by Cochran Campaign Piles Up

    07/08/2014 3:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Intrepid journalist Charles C Johnson has uncovered even more evidence of voter fraud and vote buying by the Cochran campaign: [emphasis mine] Cochran campaign staffer Amanda Shook was illegally reimbursed for over $40,000 cash in walking around money during the Republican primary, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. The payments are described as “Reimbursed Expenses – Campaign Walkers.” Regulation 11 CFR 116.5 expressly defines funds advanced by campaign staff for any reason other than travel or subsistence as a loan. It is illegal under FEC rules to loan money to a campaign in excess of the contribution limit of...
  • Donor Controversies Hit ‘Mississippi Conservatives’

    07/08/2014 6:58:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 25 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The headline in the New York Times over the weekend was straightforward: “Unease in G.O.P. Over Mississippi Tea Party Anger”: The stormy aftermath of Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff has sent Tea Party conservatives around the country to the ramparts, raising the prospect of a prolonged battle that holds the potential to depress conservative turnout in November in Mississippi — and possibly beyond. Well, there’s an understatement. Just last night Texas Senator Ted Cruz was on Mark Levin's show talking about “the D.C. machine” running “false attacks” that were “racially charged” and demanding that allegations of criminal conduct — one man...
  • TED CRUZ: We Need An Investigation Into The 'Appalling' Mississippi Runoff

    07/08/2014 6:46:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 8, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for a thorough investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the heated Republican Senate primary runoff election between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his intraparty challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. In an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, Cruz criticized the Cochran campaign and his allies for their "conduct" in last month's runoff election, which he called "appalling." "What happened in Mississippi was appalling," said Cruz, the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Primaries are always rough and tumble. But the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was...
  • MS GOP primary repeat could be headed for THREE-PEAT

    07/07/2014 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    •Tea party Republican Chris McDaniel's campaign lawyer said Monday that he expects to find enough voter fraud to force a third Senate primary contest with aging centrist Thad Cochran •Cochran won a runoff by about 6,700 votes, but McDaniel's attorney says campaign lawyers will almost certainly show at least that many 'ineligible voters' cast ballots •Mississippi law would require a new election – after a primary fight and a runoff – between the two Republicans •McDaniel's campaign is examining absentee ballot applications in every county to identify Democrats who illegally 'crossed over' to participate in the GOP primary after voting...
  • Miss. GOP certifies Cochran victory over McDaniel

    07/07/2014 7:51:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Biloxi Sun-Herald / The Associated Press ^ | July 7, 2014 | Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy
    JACKSON, Miss. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won the state's Republican primary runoff over challenger Chris McDaniel by 7,667 votes, according to a certification made by the state Republican Party and submitted to the Secretary of State on Monday, the legal deadline. The result was wider than the 6,800-vote win counted by The Associated Press after the June election. Tallies usually change as county parties examine provisional ballots and finalize results....
  • Boom! More Breaking: More Evidence of Illegal 'Cash for Vote' Operation by Cochran Campaign Piles Up

    07/07/2014 7:02:37 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 35 replies
    Got News ^ | 7/7/14 | Charles C. Johnson
    Cochran campaign staffer Amanda Shook was illegally reimbursed for over $40,000 cash in walking around money during the Republican primary, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. The payments are described as "Reimbursed Expenses - Campaign Walkers." Regulation 11 CFR 116.5 expressly defines funds advanced by campaign staff for any reason other than travel or subsistence as a loan. It is illegal under FEC rules to loan money to a campaign in excess of the contribution limit of $2,600. "[I]f your loan exceeds the limits, it is an illegal contribution, even if it is later repaid in full," notes the...
  • McDaniel Soldiers On (Confident would turn up enough fraudulent ballots to swing the results)

    07/07/2014 2:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 7, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Down in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel is still fighting his race against Senator Thad Cochran. His lawyer, Mitchell Tyner, said Monday he was confident the campaign would turn up enough fraudulent ballots to swing the results of the election. Cochran won that race by approximately 6,700 votes and Tyner told reporters he “would be surprised if we don’t find 6,700″ bad ballots. Volunteers on Monday began reviewing all of the ballots cast in Mississippi’s runoff election in an effort, weeks after the the conclusion of the contentious race, to show that McDaniel is the legal victor. McDaniel has yet to concede...
  • Joe Biden: Gay Marriage Fulfills Declaration of Independence

    07/07/2014 8:34:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden used an Independence Day celebration and speech in Philadelphia to compare gay marriage to the Civil Rights Movement and push for more gay marriage. According to The Hill, "[Biden] said he was reminded of two Philadelphias, one where the Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago and the other in Mississippi where civil rights workers were murdered in June 1964, two weeks before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act." After saying that the two Philadelphias helped give meaning to the words “all men are created equal," Biden reportedly said that gay...
  • Cochran Campaign Puts Whistle-blowing Reverend Fielder’s Life in Danger by Publishing Home Address

    07/06/2014 8:04:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson Decision by Cochran campaign to publish Rev Fielder's home address is disgusting. #mssen 3:11 AM - 2 Jul 2014 58 Retweets 18 favorites I can’t print what I want to here. Our rules against excessive profanity prohibit it. Cochran’s people have been attacking Reverend Fielder every since the story broke that alleges Cochran’s staff paid the Reverend to pay blacks to vote for Cochran. Cochran’s people have attacked Reverend Fielder, calling him untrustworthy and dishonest, yet the admit they hired him to “get out the vote“! By publishing the home address of Reverend Fielder, Thad...
  • Ron Paul Was Implicated In Failed White Supremacist Island Invasion

    01/20/2012 12:26:20 PM PST · by mnehring · 99 replies
    In 1981, a lawyer tried to subpoena Ron Paul to testify in the trial of Don Black, a Grand Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan who would later go on to found the white supremacist, neo-Nazi website, Stormfront. Black was charged along with two other Klansmen with planning to violently overthrow the small Caribbean country of Dominica in what they called “Operation Red Dog.” While a judge refused to subpoena Paul, Don Black would come back to haunt him many years later. In 1981 a group of American and Canadian white supremacists lead by Klansman and mercenary, Michael (Mike) Perdue...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • McDaniel to Challenge Election Results in Court

    07/04/2014 1:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to challenge the results in court "any day now." Chris McDaniel says he believes there were thousands of irregularities. In an interview with CNN Friday, McDaniel said what matters is that fraud be uncovered where it exists and many Mississippi residents are "very angry" because they think their votes in the June 24 primary were nullified by fraud....
  • What Chris McDaniel doesn’t understand about the tea party (HUGE Hurl Warning)

    07/04/2014 1:38:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | July 3, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Chris McDaniel, who lost a runoff election to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), is not giving up. Not only has he been raising money to mount a legal challenge to Cochran’s victory, the state senator and radio host is now offering $1,000 to anyone who comes forward with evidence of electoral shenanigans in last week’s vote. It seems that McDaniel doesn’t understand how this whole thing is supposed to work. I wouldn’t be surprised if even some of the people who supported him in his campaign to unseat Cochran start distancing themselves from him before long. This has nothing to...
  • Thad Cochran Conference Call Descends Into Chaos

    07/03/2014 9:12:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 2, 2014 | Alexis Levinson and Colin Diersing
    A conference call held by Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign quickly devolved into chaos and ended Wednesday after one of the participants repeatedly asked racially charged questions. The call was held to address a lawsuit challenging the runoff results for the Republican nomination. Cochran defeated his primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, by 6,700 votes last week, but McDaniel has refused to concede and his supporters allege Cochran won with the help of illegal votes. The call was held for the national media who could not be at a news conference in Jackson. But 5 minutes after it started, there were...
  • Tea Party Favorites Find That Losing Only Widens Their Reach

    07/03/2014 6:38:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jennifer Steinhauer
    Mississippi Tea Party dreams were extirpated last week when State Senator Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran. Yet if some of Mr. McDaniel’s most outspoken contemporaries are any guide, he may actually have greater political influence as a loser. Mr. McDaniel made clear this week that he was not giving up the fight, dashing off fund-raising emails declaring Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff “a sham, plain and simple,” and offering rewards to individuals who “provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud.” “Thanks to illegal voting from liberal Democrats,...
  • McDaniel Takes Step to Challenge Miss. Election

    07/03/2014 11:53:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 3, 2014 | By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, AP
    The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is taking the first step to challenge the outcome. Chris McDaniel's campaign said it believes it has found about 4,900 of examples of improper voting in the June 24 runoff. Most of them were people marked as voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and the June 24, the campaign said. McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch said the campaign served papers Thursday to Cochran's son, Clayton, giving notice of the intent to challenge based on allegations of improper crossover voting.
  • THAD COCHRAN'S SENATE ENABLERS (SCF)

    07/03/2014 11:49:48 AM PDT · by Hostage · 30 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund Website ^ | July 3, 2014 | Senate Conservatives Fund
    Here is the complete list of Republican senators who contributed to Cochran's campaign as well as to his super PAC. Please contact these senators and tell them to stop funding candidates who run on liberal issues and use race-baiting tactics to get Democrats to hijack Republican elections. GOP Senate Contributions to Cochran Senator — Amount Given — Phone Number Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — $60,000 — (202) 224-2541 Rob Portman (R-OH) — $40,000 — (202) 224-3353 Bob Corker (R-TN) — $30,000 — (202) 224-3344 Roger Wicker (R-MS) — $17,000 — (202) 224-6253 John Barrasso (R-WY) — $15,000 — (202) 224-6441 Roy...
  • Thad Cochran campaign conference call with media gets hijacked

    07/03/2014 9:29:14 AM PDT · by topher · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com (from The Daily Caller) ^ | Published July 03, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    The campaign of Republican Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran attempted to hold a conference call with the media on Wednesday, but was forced to cancel it midway through after someone hijacked the call with provocative questions about race. Cochran adviser Austin Barbour had been giving remarks to reporters for about seven minutes during the call when an unnamed person interrupted and started asking questions. “I’d like to know if black people were harvesting cotton, why do you think it’s ok to harvest their votes?” the activist said. “They’re not animals.”
  • A Senator Wins a Race He Mulled Not Running [Cochran, MS]

    07/02/2014 7:21:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
    NYT ^ | June 24, 2014 | By Ashley Parker
    JACKSON, Miss. — The question seemed to tug at Senator Thad Cochran throughout his bumpy re-election campaign in Mississippi: Why, after a long, distinguished career — 42 years in Congress, including six terms in the Senate — was he seeking a seventh term? By all accounts, Mr. Cochran had needed to be talked into running. He told one national publication that he had planned to retire, and another that the first thing he wanted to do after Election Day was take a nap. And while the snowy-haired, 76-year-old Republican tried to hush whispers that he was not quite as sharp...
  • FEC PROBES PRO-COCHRAN BARBOUR-RUN SUPER PAC

    07/02/2014 6:57:24 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 2, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a pro-Thad Cochran Super PAC, called Mississippi Conservatives, to provide additional information about what the newspaper Roll Call said “appears to be campaign finance violations.” At issue are last-minute expenditures made by the PAC in the days before the initial June 3 primary. The FEC “Request for Additional Information” says the PAC does not appear to have disclosed some of its spending in a timely manner. The FEC notes in the letter sent to treasurer Brian Perry that failure to “adequately respond” by Aug. 1 “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”...
  • FEC Seeks Answers From Pro-Cochran Super PAC

    07/01/2014 6:20:03 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 61 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 7/1/2014 | Kent Cooper
    The federal agency regulating and monitoring money in federal elections is seeking answers from a pro-Cochran Super PAC regarding what appears to be campaign finance violations. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives, a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so “could result in an audit or enforcement action.” The FEC letter states the committee may have failed to file one or more of the required 24-hour report(s) regarding “last minute” independent expenditures. Specifically,...
  • Chris McDaniel seeks cash to challenge "sham" Mississippi runoff

    07/02/2014 5:55:24 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 2, 2014 | ByREBECCA KAPLAN
    Chris McDaniel, the tea party-backed conservative who lost to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in the Republican Senate primary last week is ready to mount a legal challenge to the election results - as soon as he can scrounge up some cash. In an email to supporters Wednesday, McDaniel asked for contributions to an "Election Challenge Fund" to "help me contest this corrupt election." "We have a long fight ahead of us. I know exactly how long and frustrating court battles can be, but I believe this will be worth it," he wrote. "There is too much at stake to back...
  • ‘Disaster’: Things Got Seriously ‘Bizarre’ After GOP Sen. Thad Cochran’s Press Call Was Hijacked

    07/02/2014 4:57:45 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 36 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com/ ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A press call with Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) turned into a total “disaster” after someone dialed in and asked why it’s OK for the Republican to “harvest” black votes like black people harvesting cotton. The bizarre call is the latest development in a controversial saga out of Mississippi where Cochran defeated tea party-backed Chris McDaniel in a recent GOP runoff election by reaching out to black voters and allegedly painting his opponent as a racist. The McDaniel camp is currently trying to call the results of the election into question. Chaos reported erupted after freelance journalist Charles Johnson invited his...
  • Senate Race Conference Spins Into Complete Disaster After Question About 'Harvesting Black Votes'

    07/02/2014 2:49:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/02/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A Thad Cochran campaign call Wednesday afternoon tumbled into disaster when a questioner asked why the Cochran campaign was "harvesting black people" for votes. The call was held to push back against claims from the campaign of Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Cochran's intra-party challenger who contends he won last week's Republican primary runoff election illegitimately by courting the votes of Democrats and African-Americans. But the call was quickly hijacked by callers who later referred to themselves as supporters of McDaniel. One repeatedly interrupted Cochran campaign adviser Austin Barbour. "Quick question," said the caller, who did not identify himself. "Since...
  • Thad Cochran Press Call Descends into Madness After Question About ‘Harvesting Black Votes’

    07/02/2014 2:16:25 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 40 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2014 | Josh Felman
  • Mississippi Burning: 3300! Cochran to Resign? True The Vote Sues, Barbour Investigated, and More!

    07/02/2014 1:00:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    I lot has happened in the last 24 hours, more than I can keep up with, even after pulling an all-nighter! ****For starters, the McDaniel campaign has now identified 3300 illegal votes with only half of the counties canvased. It seems highly likely they may find enough invalidated votes to overturn the results of the election, especially if what has been said about absentee votes is true. Of course, McDaniel doesn’t actually need to find enough illegal votes to overturn the election, to prevail here. You see,they as backwards as Mississippi’s voting system seems to be, they actually have very...
  • Thad Cochran to hold Press Conference at 2pm

    07/02/2014 9:13:26 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 193 replies
    WJTV ^ | 07/02/2014 | WJTV
    From WJTV News Channel 12 twitter: U.S. Senator @ThadforMS plans to hold a press conference today at 2 to discuss McDaniel's accusations against the election process.
  • Thad Cochran’s victory in Mississippi proves black voters’ leverage

    07/01/2014 11:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSNBC's The Grio ^ | July 1, 2014 | Michael Steele
    “There’s something strange about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” – State Sen. Chris McDaniel. There was something strange about that primary election between six-term incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran and state Senator Chris McDaniel, period! From reports of a McDaniel supporter sneaking into the bedroom and taking a photo of Mrs. Cochran at the nursing home where she resides to the discovery of more McDaniel supporters locked inside a courthouse where ballots had been counted on primary election night, to some folks actually believing a Democrat (former Rep. Travis Childers) could win the Senate seat this Fall,...