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  • Rand Paul Rips Obama as Immigration Becomes Major 2016 Issue.

    07/22/2014 11:27:16 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 7 replies
    Breitbart / Big Government ^ | 22 July 2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and other executive orders is a “magnet” for illegal immigration, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News on Tuesday. “All of that is a magnet and a beacon for people to come,” Paul said when asked about Obama’s executive immigration orders during a brief interview outside the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters. “You can’t have any kind of beacon without securing the border first. It really illustrates what conservatives have been saying all along, myself included: You can’t vote for immigration reform,...
  • Why was a reading list scrubbed from Rand Paul's website?

    07/22/2014 2:32:44 PM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 7/22/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In recent days the Weekly Standard and Washington Free Beacon have brought to light a now-scrubbed recommended reading list for students that had resided on Sen. Rand Paul’s website. Why the focus on a book list, and why was the book list scrubbed? The answer to the second question could lie in the answer to the first: the foreign policy recommendations in the reading list take a variety of controversial stances, suggesting that the U.S. is to blame for the rise of Islamic supremacism in the Middle East, that the “Israeli Lobby” controls U.S. foreign policy to America’s great detriment,...
  • 7/17: Iowa 2016: Rand Paul and Chris Christie Tossup with Hillary Clinton

    07/21/2014 10:39:38 PM PDT · by Plummz · 22 replies
    Marist College ^ | 7-17-2014 | Marist Poll
    Looking ahead to 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the odds on favorite against Vice President Joe Biden among Iowa Democrats for her party’s nomination. But, she would find a general election matchup against either Kentucky Senator Rand Paul or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie very competitive. Clinton edges former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and has an early lead over Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. There is a wide gender gap in these matchups. Although each of the potential Republican candidates has a more positive than negative rating with GOP...
  • Ron Paul is Putin's New Best Friend

    07/21/2014 11:32:01 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Lucia Graves
    It used to be that blaming America for crisis abroad was largely the province of liberals. That folk wisdom appears to be changing—just ask Ron Paul. In the days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the former House member has been quick to attack the West and President Obama for pointing any fingers in the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Ron Paul Defends Russia After Malaysian Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Nusiness Insider ^ | 7/21/14 | Colin Campbell
    Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading "propaganda" after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine. "Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said," the former presidential candidate wrote. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report." One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, was the...
  • Reality Takes Another Bite Out of Republican Fantasies About Hillary Clinton (Unintentionally funny)

    07/21/2014 12:36:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 20, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    While the RNC trolls Hillary Clinton with a squirrel, claiming there is ‘Hillary fatigue!’, reality bites them in the poll once again. Republicans have been trying to sell ‘Clinton fatigue’ for years now, but really amped up their efforts this past month. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has been comforting himself over the GOP’s stale, tired 2016 line up with the fantasy that the country is tired of Clinton, and that it would be “nuts” to have another Clinton in the White House. “There’s Hillary fatigue already out there,” Priebus tried to sell recently on “Meet the Press.” To this end,...
  • GOP Leader Rand Paul Visits Silicon Valley

    07/18/2014 10:24:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Senator Rand Paul is in Silicon Valley, and the Republican lawmaker and Tea Party hero has reportedly met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, according to reports. What does the GOP leader want? "Cash and geeks," according to TIME.com. Paul is hoping to fundraise among libertarian techies, whose political leanings are toward independence from government interference, meaning the red-blooded lawmaker has a shot in deep-blue California, observers say. He wants more of the $2.7 million Thiel donated to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential run, the website reported, and along with the cash, he's hoping for some tech...
  • How the Constitution May Screw Rand Paul for 2016

    07/18/2014 8:28:18 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 7/18/14 | Michael Tomsky
    Rand Paul has a little-discussed problem. Yes, he’s riding a wave. Yet another new poll brings happy tidings, putting him at the top of the GOP heap in both Iowa and New Hampshire (although still well behind “undecided”). He keeps doing these clever things that titillate the Beltway sages, like coupling with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker (ooh, he’s black!) on sentencing reform. All this, you know. He’s a shrewdie, we have to give him that. But here’s what you maybe don’t know. Paul is up for reelection in 2016. One assumes that he would want to hold on to his...
  • Fancy Farm Update: Big names, new rules and an updated stage for the annual political picnic

    07/17/2014 6:37:15 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/17/2014 | Nick Storm
    Event organizers of the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic are firming up the last of their speaking roster for this year’s event as the main attraction of Grimes versus McConnell has staff updating the venue, and guests are being warned to be respectful as a national TV audience descends upon the village of Fancy Farm. Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s staff confirmed that the senior Senator for the state will be at the event. McConnell’s Democratic challenger Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will share the stage with McConnell in a repeat of last year’s showdown. Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Republican...
  • Gender issues remains at center of U.S. Senate race with debate over women's health care

    07/15/2014 6:34:45 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 07/15/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The issues of gender equality and women’s rights are being used by Democrats in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race to illustrate the disconnect between Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and women voters as a pro-choice group begins to run ads in the state and a big name McConnell foe criticizes his stances. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, a group which has endorsed Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and called her a “pro-choice champion”, released an ad Tuesday to run statewide in Kentucky for a week. The group says the 30-second ad, titled “Mitch McConnell Will Never Do the Right Thing for...
  • The Chatter: Kentucky U.S. Senators on the offensive against claims on their stances

    07/15/2014 6:27:23 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/14/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    The Medicare claims from a budget plan proposed in 2011 are again at the center of the Kentucky U.S. Senate race as the campaign of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell released another ad on the topic Monday defending his record. The McConnell campaign released a new web ad Monday morning hitting Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on her campaign’s first negative TV ad , which caused controversy because of claims made by Grimes. The ad, titled “Asked and Answered”, uses clips of news programs questioning the claims in the Grimes ad where a retired coal miner asks Senator McConnell why...
  • Rand Paul vs. Rick Perry: Who's winning? (+video)

    07/15/2014 6:10:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 7/14/2014 | Peter Grier
    This Rand Paul versus Rick Perry GOP thunderstorm popped up pretty fast, didn’t it? It was a dark cloud on the horizon on Friday, when Governor Perry of Texas published an op-ed in The Washington Post that attacked Senator Paul as a foreign policy isolationist. Paul is reluctant to devote more US troops and weapons to Iraq, and Perry used that position to portray the Kentucky lawmaker as the reverse of Ronald Reagan, as someone who wants to hunker down at home rather than lead the world. ((snip)) Plus, Perry’s behind. It’s early yet, but as our colleague Brad Knickerbocker...
  • Rand Paul Fires Back at Rick Perry

    07/15/2014 10:48:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/14/2014 | Alex Pappas
    FULL TITLE Rand Paul Fires Back at Rick Perry: ‘Apparently His New Glasses Haven’t Altered His Perception Of The World’ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Monday fired back at fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who accused Paul over the weekend of standing for “isolationist policies” that “would only endanger our national security.” “There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution,” Paul said. “But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.” The new foreign...
  • More from War on Women: Eric Holder Doesn't Like Sarah Palin

    07/15/2014 7:22:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | John Ransom
    The worst is judging the not-so-good: That’s what Attorney General Eric Holder would have you believe. Yes, the worst attorney general in our history contends that Sarah Palin wasn’t a very good vice presidential nominee. Mark one up again for the liberals war on women. “She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate,” the AG told George Stephanapolous on ABCNews. “She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.” We’ve known for a while that Holder knows little about the law, now we know that he knows little about politics too. He’s wrong on the law...
  • Scarborough Outright Dismisses Rand Paul 2016: He’s ‘His Father’s Son’

    07/14/2014 7:09:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Monday, Morning Joe played a game of “Fact or Fiction” and Joe Scarborough had a lot to say when they arrived at this prediction: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will win the 2016 GOP nomination. “Fiction, fiction, fiction,” Scarborough declared. Scarborough admitted that if Paul runs he will probably do well in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but beyond that, “he will be his father’s son.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said he “would have agreed” with Scarborough assessment, but does not know who on the Republican side has what it takes to beat Paul. “I have to continue to look...
  • Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

    07/14/2014 6:49:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    We need a leader to speak out and make clear our intentions. With Israel again under attack, the situation in North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe unsettled and bloody, it’s time for the grown ups to keep our rendezvous with destiny-- which has always been necessitated by the very best of reasons: America’s best interest. For the last 80 years America has managed to keep the peace world wide—mostly-- and at a historically small cost. But there are some on both the right and the left today who are tired of this American greatness, tired of protecting...
  • As Iraq burns, Rick Perry condemns "isolationist" Rand Paul

    07/13/2014 10:12:41 PM PDT · by South40 · 49 replies
    CBSNews ^ | 7/12/2014 | JAKE MILLER
    Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, came down firmly on the hawkish side of the Republican national security debate Saturday, saying "isolationist" figures like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are "blind" to the threat posed by terrorism. "I can understand the emotions behind isolationism," Perry wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post. "Many people are tired of war, and the urge to pull back is a natural, human reaction. Unfortunately, we live in a world where isolationist policies would only endanger our national security even further."
  • Ron Paul, Obama: Different Guys, Same Foreign Policy (Long Article)

    07/13/2014 4:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    Flattus wrote: It's funny to watch Cons attempt to portray this disaster in Iraq as Obama's issue. Sorry, no sale. Thinking Americans know whose war this is. But it's not surprising to see you run from it. From Ron Paul's column today, referring to Necons:"They cannot admit they were wrong about the invasion being a ‘cakewalk’ that would pay for itself, so they want to blame last week's events on the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq. But the trouble started with the 2003 invasion itself, not the 2011 troop withdrawal. Anyone who understands cause and effect should understand this."-- Welcome...
  • Perry slams Sen. Paul for ‘isolationist’ stance on Iraq

    07/12/2014 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/12/14 11:32 AM EDT | Martin Matishak
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday said that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was “curiously blind” to the dangers posed by the terrorist group responsible for the security meltdown in Iraq. The war of words marks the opening of a new chapter of hostilities between the two lawmakers as they weigh presidential bids in 2016. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Perry said he found it “disheartening” the senator would “suggest that our nation should ignore what’s happening in Iraq.” …
  • GOA activists help Rand Paul put Harry Reid on the defensive!

    07/12/2014 11:10:08 AM PDT · by Plummz · 7 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | July 1 | Gun Owners of America
    If there is any doubt about the hatred that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats hold for the Second Amendment, that hatred was made apparent last week. To review the bidding: The Senate was slated, last week, to consider amendments to the giant appropriations bill funding the Justice and Commerce Departments. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had submitted an amendment to prohibit Attorney General Eric Holder from continuing Operation Choke Point -- a program designed to shut down gun stores by forcing banks to dry up their credit and to stop processing their credit card purchases. alt You will remember that...
  • Once Again, Gun Owners Like You Vanquish Reid and Obama

    07/11/2014 3:13:45 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 5 replies
    Gun Owners of America/gunowners.org ^ | July 10, 2014 | Gun Owners of America
    “Gun Owners of America [has] blasted the bill as a ‘fake pro-gun bill designed to re-elect endangered anti-gun [Senators] up in 2014 in pro-gun states.’” -- Roll Call, July 9, 2014 Earlier today, the “Harry Reid Preservation Act,” S. 2363, went down to defeat, as pro-gun Senators successfully filibustered the bill by a vote of 56-41. As you know, S. 2363 was a “nothing-burger bill” which existed solely to elect anti-gun Democrats in Red States. This includes Senators like sponsor Kay Hagan (D-NC) -- pluscosponsors such as Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al...
  • Rand Paul Leads the GOP Pack for 2016

    07/11/2014 10:34:44 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 31 replies
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | July 11 2014 | EPJ
    A new Zogby Analytics poll of likely Republican primary voters in 2016 shows Rand Paul starting to build a lead over better known – and more establishment – GOP figures. In the poll, Rand polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each. Rand does well among all...
  • Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans' John Edwards’

    07/09/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Hardball host Chris Matthews made some bizarre comments about the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 on Tuesday night. Speaking to Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Republican strategist John Feehery, Matthews took a swipe at Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and suggested “he's the Republicans' John Edwards.” [See video below.](VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Hardball host never explained why in the world he would compare a man who cheated on his wife while pursuing the presidency to Senator Marco Rubio, but nevertheless the snide remark took his panelists by surprise. While Republican John Feehery didn’t directly condemn Matthews’ unusual comparison of Edwards and...
  • Poll: Hillary Sweeps Dem Primary, Struggles Against GOP Challenger

    07/08/2014 6:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the Democratic primary, topping her potential challengers by an almost 50 percentage point margin, yet fails to hit the 50% mark against any of her potential Republican opponents, a Quinnipiac University National Poll, published Tuesday, shows. Hillary leads the Democratic primary with 58 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 11 percent, Vice President Joseph Biden with 9 percent and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent, the poll found. On the contrary, the Republican presidential primary is wide open....
  • Password problems persist for new Iowa GOP leaders

    07/07/2014 10:01:35 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | July 7, 2014 | O. Kay Henderson
    Think you’ve got a problem remembering and keeping track of all your computer passwords? After nine days on the job, the Iowa GOP’s new leadership hasn’t been able to get an accurate list of passwords for the party’s online platforms. The party’s previous chairman was ousted June 28. The list of passwords left behind for the Iowa Republican Party’s website and other online accounts didn’t work. Chad Olsen was hired as the party’s executive director on the 28th of June. “When we attempted to use those user names and passwords for the most part we were unsuccessful in gaining access...
  • Rand Paul on Iraq: ‘What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama’

    07/07/2014 9:06:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul sided with President Obama over some of his more hawkish conservative colleagues, saying the recent surge of violence in Iraq at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists is not the White House administration’s fault.“What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama,” Mr. Paul said during a “Meet the Press” interview. “Has he got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq war on the chaos that is in the Middle East. I also blame those who are for the Iraq war for emboldening Iran.”Mr. Paul’s...
  • Tragedy in Israel (Rand Paul on Ending Aid to Palestinian Authority)

    07/02/2014 6:26:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | JULY 1, 2014 | Rand Paul
    It’s time to end aid to the Palestinian Authority. This week, three young boys were buried in Israel. The victims of kidnapping, they had been murdered by terrorists from Hamas. The boys, Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, a 16-year-old dual U.S.–Israeli citizen, were like any other children — their lives ready to be lived, their dreams ahead of them. They grew up in a nation that was at war but desperately wanted peace. Advertisement It is a peace they did not live to see, nor will others their age if action is not taken. The Obama...
  • Rand Paul Offers Amendment to Stop Eric Holder’s Operation Choke Point

    07/01/2014 10:01:30 PM PDT · by Plummz · 8 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Thursday, 19 June 2014 19:56 | GOA
    Rand Paul Offers Amendment to Stop Eric Holder’s Operation Choke Point Thursday, 19 June 2014 19:56 Written by Gun Owners Excellent news! A few weeks ago, we told you about “Operation Choke Point” -- an effort by Attorney General Eric Holder to put gun stores out of business. Basically, it works like this: The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), at the behest of Barack Obama, has declared that gun stores are “high risk” businesses. “High risk” businesses have been, up until now, a small category of supposedly disreputable businesses, which have included pornographers, sellers of drug paraphernalia, and payday lenders....
  • Rand Paul’s Not Endorsing Lamar Alexander, But The Two Are Making A Point To Be Seen Together

    07/01/2014 6:18:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 26 replies
    Nashville Public Radio ^ | July 1, 2014 | Blake Farmer
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made yet another appearance Monday with Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander, who is facing a Tea Party primary challenger. While considered one of the most moderate Republicans in the Senate, Alexander has been working in recent months to look more conservative. Before anyone could ask, Alexander denied that he was trying to get political help from the Tea Party darling. “We’re not here to endorse each other,” he said, without prompting. “Rand hasn’t asked me to endorse me for the President of the United States, and I haven’t asked him to endorse me for the senate. We’re here...
  • The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

    06/28/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dick Polman
    It’s not exactly the Ali-Frazier “Thrilla in Manilla,” but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch. The libertarian ophthalmologist and the warlord emeritus have been pounding each other for months, and while it’s tempting to just kick back with popcorn and behold the entertainment, we do need to acknowledge the bout’s deeper meaning. Because this is really about something quite serious. Republicans are profoundly split these days over foreign policy: between the non-interventionists who are increasingly wary of American military involvement abroad; and the neoconservative hawks who blundered us into Iraq and want us to keep flexing...
  • Rand Paul Teams Up with Lamar Alexander for Healthcare Roundtable

    06/27/2014 5:27:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has yet to endorse a candidate in the Tennessee primary, but incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has already recruited him for an event in his state. The two senators will host a healthcare roundtable discussion in Nashville on June 30 with Tennessee healthcare executives and professionals to discuss the effects of Obamacare. Although the discussion is closed to the press, the two senators will hold media availability after the event. As he faces primary challenger Joe Carr in the fall, Alexander has touted his work with Sen. Paul in campaign ads – particularly on the Freedom to...
  • “Several” Republican senators reportedly uneasy with GOP’s tactics in Mississippi runoff

    06/27/2014 5:11:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 27, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother them as much as the attention those tactics are receiving from conservative voters. Says Red State’s Leon Wolf, “If any of these bastards want to avoid the fallout they should go on the record.” According to these conversations [with two Republican Senate staffers], some $800,000 was raised for Cochran by his Senate colleagues after the McDaniel victory in the primary’s first round, largely under the rubric of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. This wasn’t seen as a particularly controversial matter at the...
  • Rand Paul on Thad Cochran’s Win: ‘I’m for More People Voting’

    06/26/2014 5:51:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/26/2014 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul doesn’t have a problem with Democrats heavily influencing Republican primaries. Paul, a likely contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, refused to criticize Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign efforts to lure Democrats to the polls with race-baiting ads and promises of government handouts. ”I’m for more people voting, not less people voting. I think the people of Mississippi spoke and I think Thad Cochran has done a lot of good things for Mississippi,” Paul told reporters on Wednesday.What kinds of “good things”? A Tax Foundation study found that Mississippi ranks first in the amount of federal...
  • RAND PAUL: TO THE LEFT OF ERIC HOLDER ON FELON ENFRANCHISEMENT

    06/26/2014 11:39:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 26, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    I wrote here about Rand Paul’s unconstitutional plan to propose federal legislation that would enfranchise some felons. Now, Sen. Paul has addressedthe constitutional issue posed by such legislation. He argues, in essence, that states decide who votes in state elections, but the federal government has the final say on who can vote in federal elections. Roger Clegg makes short work of Paul’s contention: The U.S. Constitution itself explicitly gives the authority to decide who votes in federal elections to the states (consistent, of course, with other constitutional guarantees, like the prohibition of poll taxes). And the recent Supreme Court decision...
  • Chris McDaniel: I was “betrayed” by the GOP establishment

    06/25/2014 7:35:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 522 replies
    MOFO Politics ^ | 25 Jun 14 | MFP
    Chris McDaniel, onthe blatantly unethical and illegal tactics employed by Thad Cochran and Haley Barbour in the Mississippi GOP runoff Tuesday… “McDaniel: I am a two-term state senator, I have fought for this party my entire life, I’ve given money…I’ve done everything they’ve asked me to do– and last night, they pulled over 35,000 Democrats into a Republican primary to defeat me…we feel betrayed. … Hannity: Do you foresee any circumstance under which you would support this guy? Because I don’t think I could do it. McDaniel: I prayed about it last night…my core principle is gonna have a hard...
  • A 2016 Preview? Rand Paul vs Hillary Clinton on Taxes

    06/25/2014 7:14:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I wrote a post several years ago contrasting a good initiative by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and a statist proposal by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. There was no connection between the two ideas, but I thought the comparison helped show the difference between someone who instinctively wants more freedom and someone who reflexively thinks there should be more government control. Let’s do the same thing, but this time highlight a difference between Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, particularly since the two of them may be rivals in 2016. First, let’s look at what Rand Paul recently said...
  • The Bush Pilgrimage: The GOP’s 2016 hopefuls pay their respects in Dallas

    06/25/2014 5:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 25, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    He’s not on any campaign payroll, but you could call him an informal adviser. Several of the GOP’s potential 2016 presidential candidates have, over the past few years, sought the advice of former president George W. Bush in Dallas. Although the former president has deliberately kept a low profile since he left Washington in January 2009, his door is always open for ambitious Republican politicians. He has welcomed a succession of likely 2016 candidates to his office in Dallas for private conversations about life, politics, and the all-consuming quest they will confront if they decide to seek the nation’s top...
  • Rand Paul on Mississippi: ‘I’m for more people voting’

    06/25/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25 at 2:34 PM | Paul Kane
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, declined to support tea party critics of Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's efforts to mobilize non-GOP voters to win the Republican nomination."I'm for more people voting, not less people voting," Paul told reporters Wednesday.Paul, an original tea party icon for his 2010 GOP primary win over the establishment, has worked assiduously the past year on broadening his party's appeal to minority voters, including negotiating with Democrats on efforts to rewrite the Voting Rights Act.Cochran's vote total grew by almost 40,000 votes from the initial June 3 primary to Tuesday's runoff against state...
  • CNN's GUT CHECK for June 25, 2014

    06/25/2014 3:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN's Political Gut Check ^ | June 25, 2014 | Sara Fischer and Alan Silverleib
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)COCHRAN’S STRATEGY: GOOD OR BAD FOR GOP? ... A number of high-profile conservative activists are steamed over Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to court traditionally Democratic voters – including African-Americans – in his primary runoff victory over tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel. “I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days,” Rush Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated radio show. “Uncle Toms for Thad?” “If Republicans are going to act like Democrats, then what’s the use in getting all gung ho about getting Republicans in there?” Sarah Palin asked Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday. FreedomWorks...
  • Sen. Rand Paul has support of Democratic Sen. Harry Reid on felon voting rights bill

    06/24/2014 9:07:11 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 6/24/2014 | Nick Storm
    Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has found an unlikely ally in U.S. Senate in Majority Leader Harry Reid, at least on a measure which would return non-violent felons their right to vote. Paul has been pushing to restore the voting rights to non-violent felons in Kentucky, speaking to community members in West Louisville about the initiative and appearing in a state Senate committee meeting in February. The legislation, which was drafted in the form of a constitutional amendment, was changed by state Senate Republicans in Frankfort, and never made it to a floor vote in the Senate. In...
  • In rare move, Reid applauds Rand Paul

    06/24/2014 8:55:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    In a rare gesture, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) applauded Tea Party favorite Rand Paul on the Senate floor Tuesday to express his approval for Paul’s proposal to restore voting rights to ex-felons. Paul, the junior Republican from Kentucky, plans to introduce legislation to restore voting rights to people convicted of nonviolent felonies. Reid beamed over the development and noted that he introduced similar legislation earlier in this career. “I want to congratulate Rand Paul,” Reid said. “About 15 years ago … I offered an amendment here on the Senate floor that said if someone has been convicted of...
  • Rand Paul: "The War On Drugs Has Had A Racial Outcome"

    06/23/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 121 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | June 23, 2014
    "Three out of four people in prison are black or brown for nonviolent drug use. However, when you do surveys, white kids are doing drugs at an equal rate, and they are a much bigger part of the population. So, why are the prisons full of black and brown kids? It is easier to arrest them. It is easier to convict them. They don't get as good of attorneys. And, frankly, they live in the city in a much more collected fashion than in the suburbs, and so the police are patrolling the city more. But it is unfair. The...
  • Why the Cory Booker/Rand Paul Medical Marijuana Amendment Is Right

    06/23/2014 12:17:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    On Friday, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) offered a medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the Senate. The bill is a massive win for states’ rights, as it outlaws the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from undermining state marijuana laws and prohibits the DEA from interfering with the production of hemp in states where it is legal. There is simply no reason the federal government should be trampling over state laws to perform armed SWAT-team raids on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Destroying property and hauling entrepreneurs off to jail is not the proper...
  • [Year Old Associated Press] Photos of McCain Yukking-it-Up with ISIS Rebels, Rand Paul Says It's WE

    06/22/2014 10:27:58 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 June 2014
    Then there's this one ISIS just posted on their website. The guy in the mustache/striped shirt posting with McCain is General Salim Idris, who was the Free Syrian Army's Chief of Staff at the time.  An East German-trained electronics professor, he was a general in the Syrian Army under Assad when he defected to the rebels in July 2012.Idris was thought by McCain to represent the moderate elements of Syria's armed opposition, who subscribed to the pro-democracy Proclamation of Principles. But ISIS kicked him -and other 'moderates'- out and went on the savage offensive we all now are witnessing. The ISIS claims that...
  • WATCH – Rand Paul: Stopping A Terror Attack On The U.S. Is Not ‘A Clear-Cut American Interest’

    06/22/2014 2:42:14 PM PDT · by JihadiKiller · 26 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 06/22/2014 | Jack Flash
    “Yes, we should prevent them exporting terror, but I’m not so sure where the clear-cut American interest is.” Hello? You just laid out the the clear-cut American interest and then said you didn’t know where it was. ISIS has made it clear that they intend to use the resources of Iraq to launch terror attacks on the U.S….
  • Paul: 'I'm not willing to send my son' into Iraq

    06/22/2014 2:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 22, 2014 | Jason Seher
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)One U.S. lawmaker firmly believes the United States should keep its sons and daughters out of Iraq's increasingly tangled and bloody conflict. "I'm not willing to send my son into that mess," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday. Appearing on "State of the Union," Paul acknowledged that while the chaos in Iraq intensifies by the day, he believes advances by jihadist Sunni militants on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shiite government forces do not pose an immediate threat to U.S. national security. Though he refused to rule out some kind of U.S. assistance, Paul...
  • RAND PAUL CALLS FOR AN 'EXPANDED WORK VISA PROGRAM'

    06/22/2014 11:21:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 23, 2014
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press," Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warned conservatives when it comes to immigration reform the party needs to “get beyond” the term amnesty and move the focus to border security and work visas. The Kentucky Republican said, "I don't think any immigration reform will get out of Washington. I do think there is a path to a secure border and an expanded work visa program." “I think that everyone needs to be for some form of immigration reform because the status quo is untenable," he continued. "So I consider myself a bridge to conservative community because...
  • Dick Cheney: Rand Paul Is Wrong On Foreign Policy

    06/22/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2014 | Hunter Walker
    ormer Vice President Dick Cheney fired back Sunday after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized his position on Iraq. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Cheney argued Paul, who is widely seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, is an "isolationist" who doesn't understand the "absolutely essential" need for America to be involved in the Middle East. "Now, Rand Paul and — by my standards, as I look at his — his philosophy, is basically an isolationist. That didn't work in the 1930s, it sure as heck won't work in the aftermath of 9/11, when 19 guys armed with...
  • Paul Blames Iraq Crisis on Bush Administration

    06/22/2014 9:05:48 AM PDT · by kristinn · 94 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he blames the current crisis in Iraq on those who backed the 2003 U.S. invasion, not President Obama. Paul was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether former Vice President Dick Cheney is a “credible critic” after he blasted Obama for his strategy for Iraq in an op-ed last week. “I think the same questions could be asked of the same people who supported the Iraq war,” Paul said. “What’s going on now..I don’t blame President Obama. I blame the Iraq war and I blame the people who supported the Iraq war for...
  • Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria

    06/22/2014 9:01:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Sunni militants taking over Iraq have quickly gained power because the United States has armed their group in Syria. “I think we have to understand first how we got here,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have been arming [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] ISIS in Syria.” ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, has been collaborating with the Syrian rebels whom the Obama administration has been arming in their efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Paul explained. The administration has reportedly assisted the moderate opposition in Syria,...