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  • Your To Do List to Save America

    09/20/2014 12:41:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 44 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November." He's absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For...
  • Sheldon Adelson 'Roved' Again?

    09/20/2014 11:57:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/18/14 | DAN RIEHL
    Just as a high stakes gambler in the wrong place at the wrong time might get "rolled" from time to time, Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson appears ripe to get "Roved" yet again based upon reports he's "donated $10 million to a Karl Rove-backed outfit boosting Republican Senate candidates and promised a similar amount to an allied group focused on House races."
  • 5 Reasons Senate Control May Not Be Decided on Election Day

    09/20/2014 3:01:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Kyle Kondik
    Think the Senate will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 4? There are all sorts of reasons why you shouldn't, unless in the next seven weeks one side or the other ó probably the Republicans ó starts opening up a clear lead in enough races to give them a clear majority. If neither side does, control of the Senate could remain up in the air ó for a while. At the very least, political watchers are going to be in for a longer night than usual because one of the key races that is likely to determine control, Sen. Mark...
  • Democrats Pin Senate Hopes on a Kansan

    09/20/2014 8:38:01 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    The Senate race in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The stateís Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible. And a 45-year-old investor from suburban Kansas City may hold the key to control of the Senate in January. At the beginning of the year, no one thought that Kansas ó which has sent only Republicans to the Senate since 1938 ó would be critical in determining the balance of the Senate....
  • Could ISIS Hurt Franken's Chance for Reelection?

    09/19/2014 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    While incumbent Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has a comfortable lead in opinion polls, some are wondering if his relatively muted response to ISIS actively recruiting soldiers from Minnesota will come back to haunt him in November.Minnesota has been a hotbed for ISIS recruitment, with over a dozen residents of the Twin Cities traveling to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State. Two have been killed. Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate for Franken's seat, has jumped on the issue of ISIS in Minneapolis by portraying Franken as ineffectively combating the terror threat.More from ABC: Hours after the release...
  • New committees in the VA Senate under Republican control

    09/19/2014 1:07:34 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Where in the World is Russ Potts? By Chris Freund September 19, 2014 The new Republican majority in the state Senate quickly went to work reorganizing committees while in town for the special session on the budget and Medicaid. Of course, those whoíve been paying attention may remember the battles over committee makeup when Republicans took over the Senate with then LG Bill Bolling casting the tie breaking vote, only to see a reversal of fortune in January when Democrats took control with LG Ralph Northam. Bad blood has been flowing between the two caucuses ever since, so the changes...
  • Senate Bill Passes To End FDA Stranglehold On Sunscreen Innovation

    09/19/2014 12:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 18, 2014 | Jonah Bennett
    Without any objection, the Senate has passed a bill forcing the FDA to speed up the approval process for sunscreen technology, HAPPI reports.Sunscreen technology has stagnated in the United States since the 1990s, not because companies have failed to innovate, but because the Food and Drug Administration has been sitting on proposals submitted 12 years ago without even reviewing them.The proposals include new sunscreen ingredients, and since the FDA has dropped the ball, the Senate has picked it up with the passage of the Sunscreen Innovation Act on Wednesday night.Rates of melanoma have skyrocketed in the last 40 years, giving...
  • Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

    09/19/2014 5:44:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/18/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian ďrebelsĒ he was pictured last year with werenít ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nomineeís story. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticismómedia fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded himófor questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCainís office or the mainstream media have pushed. The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill †to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them.† I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this. †It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Times†penned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Will Dems go all-out to beat Sen. Pat Roberts now?

    09/19/2014 7:35:36 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/19/14 | Kyle Cheney and Manu raju
    Democrats won a key legal battle in the Kansas Senate race Thursday, but now the party faces a wrenching choice: Spend precious dollars to try and unseat Republican Pat Roberts in a solidly red state, or sit on the sidelines and pass up a chance to steal a seat ó and potentially the Senate majority ó from Republicans. The ruling removed the Democratic candidate from the ballot, clearing the way for a showdown between Roberts and independent Greg Orman and, at least on paper, increasing the likelihood that the longtime senator can be beaten. A smattering of recent polls shows...
  • Your 'To Do' List to Save America

    09/18/2014 12:40:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The most important words printed in The New York Times since "REAGAN EASILY BEATS CARTER" were from a front-page article last Sunday about how, after six years of Obama, the federal judiciary is now dominated by Democratic appointees. Edward Whelan, head of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to this by saying: "The best way for conservative voters to prevent further damage to the courts is to swing the Senate to Republican control in the elections this November." He's absolutely right. Turn that into a mnemonic, sew it on needlepoint pillows, include it in your wedding vows, right-wingers. For...
  • Counterpoint: The GOP Needs Ted Cruz

    09/18/2014 5:58:51 AM PDT · by absentee · 3 replies
    Pocket Full of Liberty ^ | 9/18/14 | Jay Caruso
    Ah, to be a Ted Cruz ďhater.Ē I put the word in quotation marks, lest I be accused of being too harsh on Cruz detractors who seem to get their panties wadded up whenever he opens his mouth. One of the mistakes those of us who are involved or interested very much in politics often forget is many people outside of that realm donít know or donít care about the day to day goings on of the political world. Therefore when people start shrieking about Cruz and how heís leading the GOP to defeat I just happen to laugh. At...
  • CIA Director John Brennan Refuses To Tell Congress Who Authorized Senate Spying

    09/17/2014 6:56:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    The CIAís ongoing defiance of congressional authority continued during a closed-door meeting last week after Director John Brennan refused to tell lawmakers who authorized the illegal surveillance of Senate Intelligence Committee computers, which were used to compile a report on the agencyís interrogation practices.
  • Dick Durbin: Amnesty Bill Will Help Contain Ebola

    09/17/2014 6:39:45 AM PDT · by babylon_times · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/16/14 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that a comprehensive amnesty bill would have helped America contain the Ebola epidemic in Africa......
  • Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

    Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, The Post's statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections. Election Lab puts Democrats' chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent ó a huge change from even a few months ago, when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders ó led by George Washington University's John Sides ó warned that the model could and...
  • Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis

    09/16/2014 11:42:35 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 9 replies
    Election Law Blog ^ | September 16, 2014 | Rick Hasen
    Oral argument in the Kansas Supreme Court has now completed in the case of Kobach v. Taylor, on the question whether Taylorís name can be removed from the Kansas U.S. Senate ballot. The issue is especially important with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts now trailing independent Greg Orman in recent polling and with the fate of the Senate potentially hanging in the balance. While it is always hazardous to predict outcomes from oral argument (because Justices sometimes ask rhetorical questions or minds change after argument), I think it is likely the Justices will quickly issue an order removing Taylorís name...
  • Nate Silver's Senate Update: Democrats Draw Almost Even. Is It The Money?

    09/16/2014 10:15:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    FIVETHIRTYEIGHT ^ | 09/16/2014 | Nate Silver
    When we officially launched our forecast model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over the Senate after this fall¬ís elections. Now Republican chances are about 55 percent instead. We¬íve never quite settled on the semantics of when to call an election a ¬ďtossup.¬Ē A sports bettor or poker player would grimace and probably take a 55-45 edge. But this Senate race is pretty darned close.What¬ís happened? The chart below lists the change in our forecast in each state between Sept. 3 (when our model launched) and our current (Sept. 15) update.As you...
  • Jeb Bush Adviser Mike Murphy: Throwing Senate to GOP in Harry Reid's Interest

    09/15/2014 5:33:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/14/14 | Tony Lee
    Jeb Bush adviser and GOP hack Mike Murphy thinks it may be in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) interest to throw the Senate to Republicans. In an appearance on Sunday's Meet The Press, the conservative-bashing consultant who has yet to win a presidential election and once referred to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) as Reid's secret weapon, said if Republicans took back the Senate, it could turn into an "American idol of grievance." Todd snickered and egged Murphy on, showing nothing but contempt for conservatives. "Harry Reid may throw the Senate," Murphy said. "You can argue it's in his interest."...
  • 20 insane rules the Senate has for its members

    09/15/2014 3:43:11 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Jaime Fuller
    USA Today has published a copy of the November 2010 edition of the Senate Handbook, a "compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management." It has never been released publicly before, which means we now have much more about how Senate offices go about their business, decorate their office spaces, etc. In fact, it's far more than you would ever want to know. But now that the information has been published online, we can at least tell when elected officials are fudging the official rules. We read the manual (so you don't...
  • Mary Landrieu: Louisianaís Long-Lasting Liberal -- Why's She's Tough to Beat.

    09/15/2014 8:39:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/15/2014 | Quin Hillyer
    I can’t help it: I sorta like Mary Landrieu. In that admission lies a clue as to why Louisiana’s fairly liberal Democratic senator has been so hard for Republicans to defeat, and why she still has a chance to survive a Republican challenge in one of the most important races of this political year. Landrieu possesses a high degree of a particularly Louisianan style of political pugnacity that makes even many Republicans in the state pay her a grudging respect bordering on a form of fondness. Political prognosticators can list manifold reasons why Landrieu should lose her reelection bid to...
  • Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/14/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | By JEREMY W. PETERS
    Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obamaís legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democratsí advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the presidentís nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only...
  • Nancy Pelosi Just Might Be Insane

    09/13/2014 12:35:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 13, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    The Democrats¬í leader in the House, California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, is either dishonest, drunk, or losing her mind. Soopermexican caught this tweet from Pelosi, which he calls ¬ďbrutal stupidity.¬Ē Nancy Pelosi ‚úĒ @NancyPelosi An American family can't just change their address to avoid paying taxes. @HouseGOP, why can corporations? Let's put the #MiddleClassFirst! 1:54 PM - 12 Sep 2014 As the multimillionaire Pelosi surely knows, individuals and corporations (which are artificial people under the law) can change their addresses and thereby change their tax burdens. It happens every day. I know that from personal experience. I moved from high-tax Maryland...
  • (Exempt) Nancy Pelosi: Civilization ĎIn Jeopardyí If GOP Takes Senate [VIDEO]

    09/13/2014 2:55:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/14 | Chuck Ross
    **SNIP** ďNobody comes about to vote to say Ďthank you,íĒ Maher said. ďThe people who get health care now ó theyíre the people least likely to vote. The people who come out to vote are the angry people.Ē ďThatís true,Ē said Pelosi. ďFear is a motivator, and we are not fear-mongers. The Democrats are messengers of hope, and thatís what we will continue to be.Ē **SNIP** Nevertheless, Pelosi said she thinks election models are flawed. ďAll of the prognostications are predicated on false, ancient, old, stale assumptions,Ē she claimed. ďWeíre in a whole new world of communications now.Ē
  • Rooting for Dems, Part II

    09/11/2014 4:05:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    More on whether a GOP Senate will give us immigration amnesty: Fawn Johnson of National Journal contributes to the near-dominant school of MSM reporting on immigration, a sort of locker-room pep talk in which a journalist calls activist Frank Sharry and then sketches a fanciful optimistic scenario on how amnesty could well happen. (SNIP) But many Republicans have bought into the iffy argument that they have to do something before the 2016 election to improve their share of the Hispanic vote. (SNIP) But Iím not sure. Coulterís vicious ad hominem attack on this column could be correct: a big pro-GOP...
  • Republicans Leading In 8 Senate Races Ė Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! (video)

    09/11/2014 3:55:19 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Dickmorris.com ^ | 9/10/2014 | Dick Morris
    In this video commentary, I discuss how Republicans are leading in 8 Senate races. Tune in!
  • Kansas Supreme Court Will Hear Dem Senate Candidateís Challenge to Withdraw from Race

    09/11/2014 3:21:11 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 69 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 11, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Kansas Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylorís effort to get his name taken off this fallís ballot will be heard in the stateís supreme court, according to reports, the latest twist in a suddenly fast-changing race thought to be a shoo-in for Republicans. Last week, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor will have to remain on the ballot since he did not demonstrate that he was incapable of serving if elected, a requirement under state statutes. Taylor went on to file a lawsuit against Kobach, claiming an election official helped him prepare the necessary documents to withdraw from...
  • Kris Kobach moves to shift Chad Taylor ballot lawsuit from Kansas Supreme Court

    09/11/2014 7:59:47 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 13 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | September 11, 2014 | John Hanna
    The legal battle over Democratsí efforts to get their nominee off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas heated up Wednesday, with a prominent party attorney from Washington helping and Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach moving again to thwart the attempt. Some Democrats last week nudged nominee Chad Taylor out of the race with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, but Kobach has refused to remove Taylorís name from the Nov. 4 ballot. Kobach, a conservative Republican whoís backing Roberts, said Taylor failed to comply with a state election law that limits when party nominees can withdraw. Taylor...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections

    09/10/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    SenTedCruz/YouTube ^ | September 9, 2014 | SenTedCruz
    Sen. Ted Cruz Objects to Democrats Attempt to Repeal Free Speech Protections
  • Is a midterm wave forming

    09/10/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Republicans may be poised for strong midterm gains, according to a new poll conducted for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Republicans hold a two-point lead nationwide on which party registered voters want to see in control of Congress, and that lead expands to 10 points in the Senate battleground states at 50 percent to 40 percent in the poll, conducted by Democratic polling firm Hart Research and Republican pollster Public Opinion Strategies. "With 56 days until Election Day, our poll provides greater insight into what is likely to happen, and the news is not good for the Democrats,"...
  • New KSN poll shows Roberts and Orman tied for U.S. Senate

    09/09/2014 5:03:44 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 8, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate, Chad Taylor, withdrawing last week from the race has created an interesting dynamic going forward, in the race to represent the state of Kansas on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill. The latest KSN News Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA exclusively for KSN-TV, released Monday indicates that, if the race for the U.S. Senate were held today, September 8, and Chad Taylorís name remained on the ballot, Independent Greg Orman and incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts are effectively tied. Orman would get 37 percent of the vote, while Sen. Roberts would get...
  • Greg Orman once sued actress Debbie Reynolds over $1 million loan to museum

    09/09/2014 5:00:28 PM PDT · by lacrew · 4 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 9-9-14 | Bryan Lowry
    TOPEKA ó U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman once sued actress Debbie Reynolds over a $1 million loan he made to her Hollywood memorabilia museum that had gone unpaid. Orman brought the suit against the ďSinginí in the RainĒ star in 2008. The suit names Reynolds, her son Todd Fisher and the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum as defendants. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article2041862.html#storylink=cpy
  • Senate Update A Fresh Look at the Changed Race in Kansas

    09/09/2014 10:10:55 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 48 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 8, 2014 | Harry Enten and Walt Hickey
    The biggest poll of the day came in Kansas, where SurveyUSA found independent candidate Greg Orman ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts 37 percent to 36 percent. Notably, Democrat Chad Taylor, who has dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot, pulled in 10 percent. Robertsís support has barely budged, but Ormanís backing has almost doubled. Importantly, SurveyUSA informed voters that Taylor no longer appeared to want to run. That means Orman may not gain much more ground in the polls when voters realize on their own that Taylor ceased his campaign. Orman has more upside with the...
  • Prognosticators Rothenberg, Cook, Sabato,FiveThirtyEight all betting on GOP control of Senate

    09/09/2014 8:47:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    As Mike Allen of Politico points out, this is a bit of a flip for the meta-prognosticators. Three weeks ago, Charlie Cook wondered where the GOP wave was, and two weeks ago Larry Sabato asked the same question. Thanks to continued polling erosion from Barack Obama and a sense of a leadership vacuum in Washington, voters are becoming more clear on the need for change. And so the prognostications have begun to change, with Stuart Rothenberg setting the floor for Senate switches to the GOP at seven: While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am...
  • Federal Suit Could KO Kansas Senate Hopeful

    09/09/2014 6:42:53 AM PDT · by lacrew · 14 replies
    WIBW ^ | September 9, 2014 | AP
    Court records show that independent Senate candidate Greg Orman is embroiled in a federal lawsuit in Kansas with an international boxing equipment manufacturer.
  • Hollywood Dems Stage Last-Minute Fundraising Drive to Save Senate Majority

    09/08/2014 12:31:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/07/2014 | Tina Daunt
    Major fundraisers are planned in September for Alison Lundergan Grimes and Michelle Nunn to boost faltering campaigns With their control of the Senate hanging in precarious balance, Democrats are papering Hollywood with last-minute fundraising appeals, and three of the entertainment industryís anointed political stars this season are coming west to make their 11th-hour midterm cases in person. One email invitation to the coming weeks' full calendar of events desperately urged the industry Democrats to open their wallets because ďthereís so much at stake.Ē Two of the favored trio ó Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia ó...
  • Arkansas shift. Mark Pryor now trails Tom Cotton in NBC/Marist Poll

    09/07/2014 5:29:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/07/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    To finish up the weekend on a bit of a positive note, polling groups around the nation are starting to shift their models from registered voters to likely voters as the days until November shrink. One in particular will be of interest and it’s in the highly contested state of Arkansas. We always thought Mark Pryor was in trouble, but he has been holding on in the polls surprisingly well. This week, the NBC/Marist poll, which previously showed Pryor in a fairly solid position, has taken a big turn and Tom Cotton (who did an interview for Hot Air...
  • Turmoil Heats Up Battle in Two Key Senate Races

    09/07/2014 8:54:19 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 6, 2014 | Charles Babington
    Labor Day week ought to start clarifying the partisan battle to control the Senate, but if anything, the picture just got muddier and the map bigger. An afterthought all year, conservative Kansas is suddenly abuzz. An independent candidate drove the Democrat from the race and positioned himself to consolidate discontent with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Washington-based GOP strategists are rushing to help Roberts, who's accused of sleepwalking through the race in the deeply Republican state. If Kansas brought welcome news to Democrats, Alaska did not. First-term Sen. Mark Begich initially was seen as running a smart campaign with excellent...
  • Robertsí speaks about re-election team overhaul, Taylor issue

    09/05/2014 4:45:07 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Ashley Arnold and Brittany Glas
    Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race thatís suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. The campaign overhaul comes after Robertsí bruising primary fight and the stunning attempt by his Democratic challenger this week to cancel his candidacy in the face of a strong bid by an independent candidate. Roberts confirmed Friday that Leroy Towns Ė who the three-term Senator once described as his ďalter egoĒ Ė has stepped down as executive campaign manager,...
  • Kay Hagan: Look, I didnít realize people would lose their health plans ítil a few months ago

    09/04/2014 12:03:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Hotair ^ | Guy Benson
    During last night‚Äôs North Carolina Senate Debate, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan responded to criticism over her obliterated ‚Äėkeep your plan‚Äė Obamacare pledge by claiming she didn‚Äôt hear about cancellations until ‚Äúlast fall:‚ÄĚCLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ‚ÄúAs soon as this came to my attention last fall¬Ö‚ÄĚStep one: Blame insurers, who were forced to cancel plans that failed to comply with Obamacare, the law for which Kay Hagan furnished the deciding vote. Step two: Claim that those millions of cancellation letters fell from the sky, as if no one had predicted them. Step three: Try to claim credit for...
  • The man who could upend the midterms

    09/04/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/4/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Greg Orman could upend the battle for the Senate and Kansas politics at once. But until Wednesday, few had heard of the businessman running for Senate as an independent ó or regarded him as anything more than a potential spoiler in a close race. If Orman, 45, is able to unseat veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts ó as at least one poll has indicated he could after Wednesdayís withdrawal by Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, provided the contest remains a two-man race ó he could be a decisive vote for whichever party ends up controlling the Senate. Here are a few...
  • Dem candidate drops out of Senate race in Kansas against Sen. Roberts

    09/03/2014 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 4, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race against Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas ended his campaign Wednesday, leaving an independent candidate and a Libertarian candidate to face off against the three-term Republican incumbent. Chad Taylor, a district attorney, informed the Kansas Secretary of State Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race. Originally, his statement said "suspended," but the word was lined through and replaced with a handwritten "terminated." Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders. He did not give a reason.
  • Gutiťrrez to Sen Dems: 'Stand aside'- 'better that the president make a decision now'

    09/03/2014 11:19:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    Congress's loudest immigrant rights advocate delivered a terse message Wednesday to the Senate Democrats who are urging President Obama to delay executive action on deportations until after the election: Get out of the way. "I say to the Democrats: Stand aside," Rep. Luis Gutiťrrez (D-Ill.) said during a press call. "Let the president make a decision; let him announce it; and stop this stopping the progress of our community towards justice." In June, Obama warned GOP leaders that, in the absence of congressional action on immigration reform, he would consider unilateral policy changes recommended by top administration officials "before the...
  • GOP's Terri Lynn Land Gains Momentum in Michigan Sen Race with 'Michigan First' Message

    09/03/2014 8:01:32 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A perfect storm is brewing in Michigan that may propel a Republican into the U.S. Senate seat Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), a Democrat, has held since 1979. Terri Lynn Land, Michiganís ex-Secretary of State and a Republican National Committeewoman, is running her U.S. Senate campaign on an aggressive conservative populist message that seems more fit for red state Republicans than a Republican running in a bluish-purple state like Michigan. A national mood against President Barack Obama is hurting Democrats, especially those who donít have the luxury of incumbency like Landís opponent Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). Package all that together with...
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

    09/02/2014 3:53:23 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad and Alexis Levinson
    There is a new chart-topper in Roll Callís latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montanaís appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision last month to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is still in a perilous political position, but Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has leapfrogged him on the list to become the Senateís most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • If the GOP takes the Senate in November, Jeff Sessions for Majority Leader

    09/02/2014 8:32:19 AM PDT · by xzins · 88 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 ‚Äúeric‚ÄĚ would call ‚Äúthe activist game‚ÄĚ). Which is more than I can say for most of the GOP.And although I‚Äôm not all that familiar with Sessions, so far I‚Äôve 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 · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This isÖnot 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 Landrieuís federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...