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  • If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader

    09/02/2014 8:32:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    NNC ^ | August 2nd, 2014
    If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader Hear, hear!Sessions actually seems to know something about political tactics and strategy (and what commenter “eric” would call “the activist game”). Which is more than I can say for most of the GOP.And although I’m not all that familiar with Sessions, so far I’ve very much liked what he has to say about the illegal immigration/alien crisis.Sessions did something rather extraordinary yesterday. He helped to unite the warring Republicans behind a bill that actually seemed reasonable, and he did it in record time. But perhaps more...
  • Louisiana Republican Party files complaint asking for investigation into Mary Landrieu's travel

    09/02/2014 7:31:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | September 02, 2014 at 7:00 AM | Cole Avery
    The Louisiana Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics asking it investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., over campaign flights paid for with Senate funds. [....] "Considering that Sen. Landrieu admitted to breaking the law on two occasions, and there is strong evidence of other occurrences, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics should undertake a full review of the Sen. Landrieu's travel expenditures from her official account to ensure that Louisiana taxpayers have not been unwittingly and illegally subsidizing her re-election campaign by funding her campaign travel," Dore wrote.
  • Chobani Yogurt Is Taking Over Congressional Fridges

    09/01/2014 5:22:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    9/1 ^ | 9/1 | Marisa Schultz
    SNIP Chobani yogurt, which is based in the upstate town of Norwich, has planted branded refrigerators filled with its Greek yogurt in the DC offices of New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Richard Hanna.
  • Obama looks to skip Senate on new UN climate change deal

    09/01/2014 12:18:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/14 | Jesse Byrnes
    President Obama is working to create a new international climate change accord that would get other nations to reduce their carbon emissions, but in a way that would not require the deal to be ratified by the Senate.
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This isnot what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieus federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Recalls Porky Crack By Male Colleague

    08/28/2014 2:54:05 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Arlette Saenz
    In her upcoming book Off the Sidelines, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., reveals she was the subject of insensitive comments about her weight from male colleagues in the House and Senate. According to an excerpt posted by PEOPLE magazine, Gillibrand details an incident in her book where a male colleague saw her in the gym said, Good thing youre working out, because you wouldnt want to get porky! According to the Huffington Post, Gillibrand responded, Thanks, ahole.
  • McConnell says he wouldnt allow a government shutdown

    08/28/2014 8:03:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Market Watch ^ | August 28, 2014
    Read his lips: No shutdown. Pushing back against a report to the contrary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wont let the government shut down if he becomes the chambers majority leader next year. Of course not, the Kentucky Republican told CNN in an interview. Remember me? I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns, he said. Government shutdowns like last Octobers are a failed policy, McConnell added.
  • Democracy Alliance Bankrolled Court-Packing Scheme

    08/27/2014 4:16:03 PM PDT · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 25, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    A shadowy network of wealthy liberal donors bankrolled an operation to pack one of Americas most powerful courts with progressive judges, according to documents reviewed by theWashington Free Beacon.Now the effort could prevent an Obamacare challenge from reaching the Supreme Court, legal experts say.The strategy to fill the D.C. Court of Appeals with left-leaning judges was aided by the American Constitution Society, a non-profit group that promotes a progressive vision of the law. The ACS is funded in part by the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donor network that funnels millions to a web of dark-money member groups.During a fundraising presentation...
  • Senate Dems frustrated by colleague's push for ISIS vote

    08/27/2014 7:15:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 27, 2014 | Alexander Bolton and Amie Parnes
    Sen. Tim Kaines outspoken push for a vote to approve military strikes in Iraq and Syria has cranked up tensions with fellow Democrats who worry it could hurt them on Election Day. Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them. Asking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position? said a Senate Democratic aide....
  • Republicans Poised to Recapture Senate

    08/26/2014 10:08:15 AM PDT · by scouter · 91 replies
    Electoral-Vote.com ^ | 8/26/2014 | Electoral-Vote.com
    This is not an article, but rather a summary of what is now showing on the main page of Electoral-Vote.com, an election poll tracking site. I've been visiting electoral-vote.com for years, and have found that the closer we get to an election, the more accurate their map gets. Recently, and for a long time, they have had Democrats poised to keep control of the Senate, 55 to 45. However, in recent days it has shifted clearly toward the Republicans. Electoral-Vote.com is now showing the Republicans likely taking control of the Senate. Dems 48, GOP 51, Ties 1 Electoral-Vote.com makes its...
  • Will Iowa be Dems Waterloo?

    08/24/2014 3:59:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Following two cycles where it was GOP missteps and subpar candidates who cost them winnable races, the tables have turned and its now Democrats who are scrambling to right Rep. Bruce Braleys flagging campaign before its too late. Recent polls find a coin-flip race between Braley and Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst(R), and but the national party increasingly worries it could be the tipping point for Senate control. If the Democrats lose Iowa, of course it becomes much harder to keep the majority, said one national Democratic strategist. The race could very much go either way. We feel like the...
  • Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen.....

    08/23/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    U S Senate Rob Maness ^ | 8/22/14 | Maness Campaign
    Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieus Residency Qualifications.... Baton Rouge, LA - This morning, while officially qualifying for the November ballot, Col. Rob Maness (R-Louisiana) today delivered in-person, a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, calling on him to open an investigation examining the validity of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) residency status. "It appears that there are significant inconsistencies that warrant an investigation regarding the residency status of one of the candidates who has filed for United States Senate," Maness' letter says. "On Wednesday, August 20, 2014,...
  • First-Term Congressman Aims to Topple the Pryor Dynasty in Arkansas

    08/21/2014 6:40:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/21/2014 | ALAN GOFORTH
    Arkansas has had its share of political dynasties, first and foremost the Clintons. The Pryor family may run a close second.David Pryor was a Democratic fixture in the state, serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, and as governor. His son, Mark Pryor, now holds the Senate seat he vacated in 1997 and is seeking a third term.Are Arkansans finally getting Pryor fatigue and ready for a fresh face? If so, few Senate candidates nationwide may be more attractive than Republican challenger Tom Cotton.“Roll Call just came out with an article that rated Pryor as the second-most-vulnerable senator...
  • Grimes Family Discount

    08/19/2014 7:16:13 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/19/14 | Manu Raju
    Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky in her 45-foot-long campaign bus, rolling up to raucous rallies and posing for photos next to the vehicle bearing an oversized image of the Democratic Senate hopeful. Left unmentioned amid the hubbub is this: Her fathers company acquired the bus just as the campaign got underway last year and is renting it to his daughter for a fraction of what other companies would typically charge, according to a POLITICO analysis. Federal campaign finance law bars a campaign from receiving goods and services below the fair market value from a corporation, regardless of whether...
  • The Most Interesting Candidate in the World

    08/16/2014 10:41:56 AM PDT · by Baynative · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/15/14 | Matthew Continetti
    Jeff Bell was a reform conservative before it was cool. Hes spent his career arguing with a risk-averse Republican establishment. He pushed Ronald Reagan to embrace the supply-side doctrine of tax cuts before deficit reduction. He spent the 1990s warning the GOP that its tax policy favored investment capital over human capital, corporate interests over working families. He designed a family-friendly flat tax that reduced payroll taxes, increased the child tax credit, taxed capital gains and regular income at the same rate, and ended business expensing. Payroll tax relief and a generous child tax credit are elements of todays reform...
  • African-American Voter Turnout Will Decide Control of the Senate

    08/14/2014 12:06:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Matt Towery
    The South remains a bit of a mystery to most political pundits and pollsters. Many of its metropolitan areas are far more sophisticated (and much larger) than the rest of the nation realizes. And some areas of the rural South seem frozen in the 1960s. But to stereotype any one area of the region is a dangerous thing. What is more dangerous is trying to predict the makeup of an electorate in any given southern election year. Many southern states have large African-American populations, and in most of those states black men and women hold considerable political and economic...
  • Al Franken another vulnerable Senate Dem

    08/14/2014 7:50:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/14/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    For some reason, Al Franken has not appeared on many lists of vulnerable Senate Democrats. But he is no shoo-in for re-election in November, as John Feehery reminds us in the Wall Street Journal: In several polls the incumbent, a former Saturday Night Live star, cant break the 50% mark. Given his narrow victory in 2008 (which some say wasnt a real victory), its probably not that surprising that Mr. Franken is still a polarizing figure. But after six years in the Senate, one might expect that the incumbent would have built a more comfortable cushion for himself. When I...
  • Boots on the ground

    08/13/2014 4:27:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Three candidates with real-world experience lead the GOP attempt to oust Senate insiders... In 2008, when Barack Obama captured the White House, Bill Cassidy taught medical students in Louisiana, Steve Daines worked for a technology company in Montana, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas fought in Afghanistan. Six years later, the three Republicans are running to seize Democratic-held Senate seats in Republican-leaning states.
  • BATTLE IN THE STATES: NYT DOCUMENTS IMPENDING GOP TAKEOVER OF STATEHOUSES NATIONWIDE

    08/12/2014 8:05:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/12/2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Recess is in full force in Washington, D.C., as national lawmakers vacation around the country, but both political parties are fighting intense political battles on the ground in states nationwide as several statehouses are up for grabs in whats shaping up to be a landslide pro-GOP election year. Republicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obamas persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years, the New York...
  • Which Senate Races Need My Support?

    08/12/2014 5:48:15 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 22 replies
    Me | 11 Aug 2014 | Ben Mugged
    President Barack Obama hinted strongly at coming Supreme Court vacancies in the last two years of his presidency, speaking of the urgent need for Democrats to hold their Senate majority after the November midterms. I need to know which Senate candidates most need my financial support since I refuse to blindly donate to the Republican Party.
  • Libertarians and fringe candidates could tip Senate races

    08/12/2014 12:38:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 11, 2014 | Byron York
    "................................The conventional wisdom is that Haugh would hurt Thom Tillis, the Republican Senate candidate in North Carolina. But the situation might not be that clear cut. Recently some conservative strategists made a careful study of the Virginia governor's race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe won narrowly after a Libertarian candidate received six and a half percent of the vote. The strategists went into the study thinking the Libertarian took votes mostly from Republican Ken Cuccinnelli taking maybe 90 votes from Cuccinnelli for every 10 votes from McAuliffe. The study showed that yes, the Libertarian did hurt Cuccinnelli, but that...
  • North Carolina's nondescript, virtually unnoticed, hugely important Senate race

    08/11/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RALEIGH, N.C. Thom Tillis thought his last day as speaker of the North Carolina House would be weeks ago, after which he would devote all his energies to running for the U.S. Senate. Instead, on Saturday morning, Tillis stood gavel in hand in the state House chamber, presiding over the passage of a budget that kept lawmakers at work well into the summer. Now, finally, he is finished unless something else comes up to demand his time at the State Legislative Building. Republicans have bemoaned the fact that their candidate was tied down in the state house, but...
  • Washington Post: Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured

    08/11/2014 9:11:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/11/2014 | By Chris Cillizza
    The decision by Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) not to seek election in November in the wake of a plagiarism scandal is the latest piece of good news for Republicans as they strive to take control of the Senate in less than three months. Walshs departure from the race came in the same week that two Republican senators Pat Roberts in Kansas and Lamar Alexander in Tennessee defeated tea party challengers in primary fights, ensuring that every GOP senator seeking reelection would be the partys nominee. These past seven days typified the fates of the two parties this election...
  • Year of Incumbents Living Dangerously

    08/08/2014 5:44:52 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | August 8, 2014 | John Fund
    The Tea Party didnt knock off any incumbent GOP senators this year in primaries, but last night it proved just how riled up voters are against the Washington establishment. Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander won re-nomination last night with just 49.7 percent of the vote. His main opponent, state representative Joe Carr won 41 percent despite an erratic campaign and being ignored by the major national tea-party groups. Alexander was able to convince just enough conservatives to back him with his rallying cry: Im not in the shut-down-the-government crowd, Im in the taking-over-the-government crowd. Alexander becomes the third GOP senator in...
  • Collateral Success of Carr vs Alexander Tennessee Race

    08/08/2014 5:18:11 PM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 8, 2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    Patriots, it is frustrating and painful when a good" man of the people" candidate like Joe Carr loses to a lying Washington machine "betrayer of the people" like Lamar Alexander. The fact that Lamar Alexander voted for Obama's agenda 62% of the time is all you need to know about him. My Conservative Campaign Committee team and I were boots on the ground in Tennessee, driving all over the state participating in rallies and other events for Joe Carr. We felt the pulse of the people and there was excitement and enthusiasm for Joe. At one of the Joe Carr...
  • Walsh drops out of U.S. Senate race (Montana)

    08/07/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 70 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 8/7/14 | Charles S. Johnson
    HELENA Sen. John Walsh said Thursday he is pulling out of the Senate race because his campaign was distracted by the controversy over allegations that he plagiarized a U.S. Army War College research paper. Walsh, a Democrat, said he decided to drop out of the race. He had canceled campaign events this week as he and his family discussed what he would do. The New York Times reported July 23 that Walsh had plagiarized large portions of the research paper in 2007. Walsh will serve out the rest of his Senate term, which ends in early January 2015. I...
  • Down to the Wire Prediction in Key GOP Primary (Tennessee)

    08/07/2014 6:51:44 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 30 replies
    WND.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Conservative activists are pouring every last resource into Tennessee in hopes of pulling another stunning Republican primary upset, this time in Thursdays U.S. Senate racing pitting longtime Washington insider Lamar Alexander against tea-party upstart Joe Carr. The defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, in Virginias Republican primary energized the conservative base in Tennessee, providing hope that perhaps Alexander could also be ripe for the picking. While Alexander has enjoyed a healthy lead in the polls and has a huge spending advantage, his support is considered more soft than Carrs and therefore more likely to stay home on...
  • Tea Party Challenger Fails in Kansas (Kansas!)

    08/06/2014 12:00:35 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 109 replies
    Vanity ^ | August 6, 2014 | Nathan Bedford
    The news that just came across my screen on Fox that incumbent Senator Pat Roberts has prevailed in his primary for reelection to the Senate from Kansas (or in his case from Arlington, Virginia) is heartbreaking. The implications are dispiriting. His victory implies that in the American heartland the Republican Party cannot reform itself when confronted with an egregious example of elitism. If the Republican Party in Kansas (Kansas!) cannot reform itself there, how can it expect to prevail in purple states? How can we expect to carry a message to Reagan Democrats and Independents if The Tea Party cannot...
  • TEA PARTY MILTON WOLF EDGES CLOSER TO ESTABLISHMENT PAT ROBERTS IN KANSAS PRIMARY

    08/05/2014 7:29:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2014 | By Robert Wilde
    ... According to the Senate Conservative Fund, poll numbers now show Wolf only trailing by nine points to Republican Senator Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican primary race that will be decided on Tuesday. The race has closed steadily since January, when Wolf was down as much as 54 points. By March, he was down 26 points and has made headway every month since. The continuous and rapid closing of the race seems reminiscent of what happened in Virginia, where Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
  • Malkin Blasts 'Double-Talking Weasel' Lamar Alexander

    08/04/2014 4:57:13 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 15 replies
    BREITBARTTV ^ | August 4, 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Political commentator and author Michelle Malkin sharply criticized Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his attempts to paint himself as an opponent of amnesty and Common Core. Of course, [Alexander] is one of the biggest double-talking weasels and beltway barnacles out there, particularly on ... immigration and Common Core, Malkin said on Mondays Laura Ingraham Show. SNIP "And this is somebody, particularly on immigration, who has been an enabler for so long." She also accused Alexander of not being serious on immigration and just using political talking points to gain re-election. Malkin concluded that Alexander was as radical as they come,...
  • Republicans Remain Slightly Favored To Take Control Of The Senate

    08/04/2014 11:09:42 AM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 38 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | August 4. 2014 | Nate Silver
    If Americans elected an entirely new set of senators every two years as they elect members of the House of Representatives this Novembers Senate contest would look like a stalemate. President Obama remains unpopular; his approval ratings have ticked down a point or two over the past few months. But the Republican Party remains a poor alternative in the eyes of many voters, which means it may not be able to exploit Obamas unpopularity as much as it otherwise might. Generic Congressional ballot polls probably the best indicator of the publics overall mood toward the parties ...
  • Do Nothing House Passed More Than 350 Bills That Sit on Harry Reids Desk

    08/03/2014 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8-1-2014 | Mike Opelka
    Blackburn told TheBlaze that 356 bills made it through the House and are languishing in the Senate. Additionally, according to the congresswoman, 98 percent of those bills were passed with bipartisan support. She also pointed out that 200 of the bills were passed in the House with unanimous support from the entire chamber and more than 100 were passed with 75% support of House Democrats. To make her point that the House is working, but the Senate is where the obstruction exists, Blackburn printed all of the bills that the House has passed and stacked them on a desk with...
  • Poll: Registered Voters Want A Republican House AND Senate

    08/03/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11:58 AM 08/03/2014 | Katie Frates
    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid may be in trouble. NBC/WSJ/Marist has published a new poll, conducted July 28-31, that shows a majority of registered voters want a Republican majority in both the House and Senate. Respondents were first asked if they thought Congress had been very productive, somewhat productive, somewhat unproductive or very unproductive. 50 percent of registered voters said they thought Congress had been very unproductive, with only 3 percent saying Congress had been very productive. Even though the 50 percent who think Congress was very unproductive are in part talking about the Republican House, they dont want the...
  • Needed: Housing Reform That Protects Property Rights

    08/02/2014 5:58:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A monumental opportunity has presented itself as Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, takes over as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Congress looks ahead on the critical issue of housing finance reform. After years of tepid growth and false starts, leaders in Washington have the opportunity to give housing finance reform a shot in the arm. This reform is readily achievable even in todays log-jammed Congress, as there is bipartisan consensus that the most prudent reforms would accomplish three essential goals: appropriately and strategically wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way...
  • UPDATE: Border Security Bill Fails in Senate, Passes in House

    08/01/2014 7:42:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Amanda Muoz
    Update - 8:50 p.m. ET: House passes H.R. 5230 with 223 yeas, 189 nays. $694 million was approved by the House for border security. Members are currently debating H.R. 5272, which would limit the President's ability to implement and expand his Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program to children involved in the border crisis. Update - 9:05 p.m. ET: Next vote series in the House expected to start within half hour. We now expect our next vote series between 9:25-9:40 p.m. Republican Cloakroom (@RepCloakroom) August 2, 2014 Update - 9:30 p.m. ET: GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers...
  • Obama overrules Senate, declares CIAs Bush-era tactics torture

    08/01/2014 1:55:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2014 | Noah Rothman
    President Barack Obama was halfway out the door, joking with his counterparts in the press that he had not yet been wished a happy birthday, when a chorus of uniform questions from the assembled reporters forced him to address the recent admission that CIA Director John Brennan’s intelligence agency had improperly spied on the Senate.On Thursday, the CIA admitted that intelligence operatives tapped into computers linked to staffers with the Senate Intelligence Committee in March. Those computers contained documents pertaining to an ongoing investigation into the agency’s Bush-era enhanced interrogation techniques. The report, which is set to be declassified,...
  • NRSC Chairman Says Republicans Could Flip Up To 14 Senate Seats

    08/01/2014 5:09:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Alex Pappas
    WASHINGTON The chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday that the likelihood Republicans win back the Senate is better today than when he assumed leadership in 2012. During a luncheon with reporters, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said: Back in the very beginning, I wouldve told you we had six good candidates in six states. Now, Moran said, the number of races where Republicans could pick up seats from Democrats has expanded to somewhere in the range of 12 to 14 states. Republicans need to flip six states to win...
  • Jeff Sessions Holds the Line, Blocks Democrat Immigration Travesty

    07/31/2014 8:00:34 PM PDT · by kabar · 106 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 31, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    There was high drama on the Senate floor this evening. Harry Reid brought on for a vote President Obamas $2.7 billion proposal to support illegals from Central America who are flooding across the border, in the form of a supplemental budget request. An extremely knowledgeable Senate insider offers this blow-by-blow account of what happened: It required 60 votes to waive that point of order. After failing to table the filled amendment tree, Sessions raised the point of order. Appropriations Committee Chair Mikulski, author of the legislation, moved to waive all points of order on the bill. Dems failed to waive...
  • Harry Reid Plans to Convert House Border Spending Legislation Into an Amnesty Bill

    07/31/2014 10:58:24 AM PDT · by montag813 · 24 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsAs House Republican lawmakers scrambleto pass an "emergency border spending bill" to address the so-called "immigration crisis" the border, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated he would likelytry to convert any House-passed legislation into an amnesty bill,The Hillreported.Reid said that if the House passes the $659 million bill -- which is up for a vote Thursday afternoon -- which will include changes to the law to speed up deportation of illegal minors, he may tie it to the "Gang of Eight" packagepassed in the Senate last year that would grantamnesty to tens of millions...
  • CIA Admits to Hacking Senate Computers

    07/31/2014 10:29:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 57 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/31/2014 | Dustin Volz
    The Central Intelligence Agency improperly and covertly hacked into computers used by Senate staffers to investigate the spy agency's Bush-era interrogation practices, according to an internal investigation. CIA Director John Brennan has determined that employees "acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding" brokered between the CIA and its Senate overseers, according to agency spokesman Dean Boyd. The stunning admission follows a scathing, 40-minute speech by Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on the Senate floor back in March, in which she accused the CIA of secretly accessing her panel's computers.... At the time, Brennan denied Feinstein's accusations, telling NBC...
  • BREAKING: Senate report exposes the movement as cash machine controlling the EPA

    07/30/2014 2:53:00 PM PDT · by Enchante · 33 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | July 30, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obamas EPA A new report was released today by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and it is damning. All this time that climate skeptics are accused of being in the employ of big oil is nothing more than a projection of their own greed. Some excerpts: Over 7.9 BILLION in funding between these groups.
  • Friend, Were Here for You...[NSRC]

    07/29/2014 6:01:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    My Email | July 28, 2014 | NRSC
    You gotta be kiddin' me!!!! ********************************************************* Friend, Wed never doubt you. Throughout the year, youve heard from Republican figures elected officials and other organization heads asking you to contribute to various campaigns and causes. Its easy to get frustrated. Your past support is beyond question; through thick and thin, even when Washington has failed you, youve stayed true to the cause of building a better future for our country. This is a historic election and well all participate as we can. For some that will mean making phone calls every weekend or walking neighborhoods with friends for...
  • The Senate Race That Couldnt Be LostAnd Was A lesson in political humility. Read more:

    07/29/2014 4:07:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7-29-14 | Larry Sabato
    If there is one nightmare common to all U.S. senators, its the possibility of an unexpected upset by an underdog challenger come Election Day. Not only do they lose their seat, but the shock of defeat becomes one of the most notable parts of their biography. This November, no one wants to be the Senates Eric Cantor. For my money, one of the most jaw-dropping Senate results in modern history occurred exactly 50 years ago. Its barely remembered even by the political community, but it shouldnt be forgotten. This old race teaches enduring lessons about politics, and in 2014 well...
  • Leaked Document From Senate Democratic Candidate: Tremendous Financial Opportunity With Jews

    07/28/2014 12:56:05 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Alex Pappas
    Michelle Nunn the Democrat running in the very close U.S. Senate contest in Georgia has a problem on her hands now that an exhaustive campaign plan drafted by aides has leaked in the media. The document, revealed online Monday by the National Review, describes the candidates liabilities likely to be exploited by opponents. It also specifically describes the necessity of raising money from Jews, Asians and gays while working to increase turnout of African-Americans and Latinos. Speaking of the Jewish community, the document notes: There is tremendous financial opportunity. Michelles position on Israel will largely determine the level...
  • Georgia Democratic Senate candidates leaked campaign memo:

    07/28/2014 2:44:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Wish I could take credit for that headline but it’s Aaron Gardner’s. Here’s a nice scoop for Eliana Johnson, who somehow got hold of an early memo prepared by Michelle Nunn’s Senate campaign in Georgia after they stupidly posted it online briefly last winter. Of the many gems within, my second-favorite is the one emphasizing “rural” photo ops to show Georgians that Nunn is one of them. She’s a creature of the Beltway since birth, having grown up in Maryland while her dad Sam served in the Senate, but it’s important when trying to inherit a Senate seat as part...
  • WSJ: Republicans Could Win up to 10 Senate Seats in November

    07/28/2014 9:16:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Elliot Jager
    Republicans are running competitively for 10 Senate seats now held by Democrats, heightening chances for the party to capture a majority of the U.S. Senate in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Republican Party is generally less popular than either President Barack Obama or the Democratic Party, according to the Journal. Those sentiments are evidently offset by a combination of appealing Republican candidates and deep public disapproval of the president. Democrats now hold 55 seats in the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six for a majority. Republican senatorial candidates are doing well in seven states that went...
  • North Carolina: Kay Hagan Stomping GOP Challenger in Fundraising to Keep Senate Seat

    07/28/2014 8:09:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/28/2014 | John Hinton
    During this years second quarter, Democrat Kay Hagan raised more than twice the money for her re-election campaign for one of North Carolinas two seats in the U.S. Senate than her Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the N.C. House. Hagans campaign has reported that she raised $3.6 million from April to June, and she has $8.5 million cash on hand. Tillis campaign reported that he raised $1.6 million during the same period and has $1.5 million in the bank. The candidates were required to submit their campaign finance data to the Federal Election Commission by July 15, but...
  • Republicans Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent

    07/28/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    THE UPSHOT: New York Times ^ | 07/28/2014 | Amanda Cox and Josh Katz
    For the last month, weve been adding one or two polls a day to The Upshots Senate forecasting model. Today, we update all 36 races, based on estimates from a YouGov online panel that covers every congressional and governors race across the country.The panel, asked for its preferences in collaboration with CBS and The New York Times, is unusual in its scope: It comprises more than 66,000 people living in states with a Senate race this year. YouGov, a polling firm, also conducted online interviews with roughly half of the panelists in previous years, allowing it to know how they...
  • Most Migrant Children Entering U.S. Are Now With Relatives, Data Show

    07/26/2014 1:35:20 AM PDT · by Enchante · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 25, 2014 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    Officials have said that more than half of all children initially placed in shelters have gone on to be reunited with at least one parent already living in the United States, and 85 percent of all children have been placed with a close family member.
  • David Perdue wins Republican Senate nomination

    07/22/2014 10:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Daniel Malloy
    Businessman David Perdue stunned Georgias Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the partys U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office. The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston by a narrow margin, setting up a battle of political newcomers with famous kin in the fall. Perdues cousin, Sonny, was a two-term governor and Nunns father, Sam, was a four-term U.S. Senator....