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  • Political Ads parroting Trump

    06/27/2016 9:25:19 AM PDT · by nitzy · 4 replies
    6/27/16 | me
    I seldom watch network or cable TV so I rarely see political commercials. I was over at a relatives house yesterday and they had the TV on. I was shocked by the ads for Senator Rob Portman -R vs. Ted Strickland - D (in Ohio). The ads seemed to be each candidate trying to out-Trump the other one. Portman's ad talked about the Chinese devaluing their currency, dumping steel on the U.S. and how Portman would fight them. Strickland's ad talked about how he was against unfair trade deals that hurt the middle class and export jobs. These candidates might...
  • Harry Reid backs compromise gun bill

    06/22/2016 3:48:04 PM PDT · by FR33DOM4ME · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/22/2016 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Susan Collins' attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of potential terrorists just picked up its most powerful backer yet: Harry Reid.
  • Who's Watching the Watchers?

    06/22/2016 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | Bob Barr
    To the typical liberal, nothing engenders greater panic and crippling fear than the sight of a firearm; especially the Mainstream Media’s self-defined posterchild for gun violence, the AR-15. The Left’s irrational reaction to the popular sporting rifle, enjoyed (safely and legally) by millions of recreational and competition shooters across America, is so potent the New York Daily News’ resident pansy, Gersh Kuntzman, claims to have suffered “temporary PTSD” from merely firing the rifle at a gun range. Yet, in spite of its obvious and repetitive ignorance on firearm information, the Left considers itself capable of engaging in an adult discussion...
  • Marco Rubio announces Senate reelection run

    06/22/2016 8:01:57 AM PDT · by detective · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 22, 2016
    One-time Republican presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be running to keep his Senate seat, reversing course on his initial decision not to seek reelection. In an interview with the Miami Herald on Wednesday, Rubio explained what was behind his change of heart. "I think that the point that really drove me to change my mind is that as we enter this kind of new chapter in our history here is, there's another role the Senate plays that I think can be really important in the years to come," he said. "And that's the power given to it...
  • GOP Senate Debates Gun Control Instead of Real Measures to Fight Terrorism

    06/22/2016 6:02:39 AM PDT · by milton23 · 14 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/21/2016 | Genevieve Wood
    In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Orlando—the largest in the United States since 9/11—lawmakers on Capitol Hill have yet to introduce one piece of legislation that would actually fight terrorism. Not one. Instead, the Republican-controlled Senate has not only allowed Democrats to define the debate and make this an issue about gun control, but they’ve joined the tour de farce. That President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats once again called for more gun control in the wake of the tragedy is no surprise. It’s completely predictable.
  • Obama: Senators who don’t exploit emotion to gut Second Amendment guilty of ‘shameful cowardice’

    06/21/2016 11:42:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Or maybe the opposite is true Trying to follow the purported logic of Barack Obama is rarely an easy proposition, but I think I’ve got this one worked out. As he sees it, your duty as a U.S. senator is to take advantage of the high emotion of the moment to decimate the Second Amendment, regardless of whether the gun-grabbing, Constitution-shredding move you make would have done anything to stop the shooting that’s provided the convenient pretense for your legislative recklessness. And if you don’t do this, you’re a coward, and he’ll make sure everyone knows it by saying so
  • Watch: Senate Voting On Pro-Gun Control Amendments

    06/20/2016 3:47:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The Senate is invoking a cloture vote on amendments offered by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) that would expand background checks and permit the attorney general to prevent anyone with a "reasonable belief" of having terrorist ties from purchasing firearms. These legislative measures come after the horrific Orlando attack, where 49 people were shot and killed by Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS during the attack. It's the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.Last week, Sen. Murphy launched a 15-hour filibuster, holding up a spending bill to fund the Department of Justice until a agreement could be reached to hold...
  • Fla. rep: Rubio says he's 'getting in' Senate race

    06/17/2016 8:09:32 AM PDT · by orchestra · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/17/2016 | Jesse Byrnes
    Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) said Friday morning that Sen. Marco Rubio (R) is "saying he's getting in" the Senate race. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) said Friday morning that Sen. Marco Rubio (R) is "saying he's getting in" the Senate race. Jolly added during an appearance on CNN's "New Day" that he plans to tell his constituents at noon on Friday whether he'll stay in the Senate race himself or seek reelection to the House. A spokesperson for Jolly later clarified that he "has no actual knowledge of a Rubio decision." An aide indicated Friday that Rubio still plans to spend...
  • GOP OFFICE HOLDERS: If Trump is Kicked Out, we walk too, and YOU WILL LOSE (vanity)

    06/17/2016 5:39:26 PM PDT · by BobL · 66 replies
    (self) | June 17, 2016 | BobL (self)
    Given the rumors that are flying around about 'changing the rules' at the GOP convention so as to prevent Donald Trump from being the Republican nominee, I think some thought should be given to the potential collateral damage to the Republican Party's efforts in November. First, I'll state the obvious - if Trump is denied his position on the ballot in 2016, I simply will not vote for president - and I suspect that holds for many, probably a majority of Trump supporters. So Romney, Ryan, or whoever replaces him will simply have to find another pool of millions of...
  • Orlando Killer's Father Blames The Nightclub For His Son's Murderous Rampage

    06/15/2016 12:24:48 PM PDT · by JessTheAmerican · 38 replies
    www.downstreampolitics.com ^ | 06/15/2015 | Chris Buskirk
    Omar Mateen's father, Seddique. He is many things. He is an immigrant. He is an outspoken supporter of the Taliban. He's the father of an ISIS terrorist who murdered 49 Americans in cold blood and injured more than 50 more. He's someone who has meetings with Obama Administration officials in the White House, people in the State Department, and senior Senate Democrats. He's also a guy who goes on television and blames the Pulse Nightclub for his son's murder spree...
  • Must see "Gun-Grabber" TV, 2016 Election Edition - Senate

    06/15/2016 10:42:43 AM PDT · by SecondAmendment · 14 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 15-Jun-2016 | C-SPAN
    Those zany Dems are up to their unconstitutional antics again ! Watch the hilarity unfold as those wacky Senators from the left side of the aisle yuck it up on the chamber floor while trying to eviscerate another unalienable right !
  • Tennessee GOP senators don't seem happy with Trump today [Corker & Alexander smear]

    06/14/2016 3:00:35 PM PDT · by lodi90 · 43 replies
    KAGS TV ^ | 6/14/2016 | Eliza Collins
    As some Republicans struggle with justifying their support for Donald Trump after a series of controversies — including his recent attack on an American-born judge for his “Mexican heritage” and a doubling down on his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. — the two Republican senators from Tennessee aren't lending their overt support. Sen. Lamar Alexander isn't calling Trump the GOP nominee just yet, as reported by an Associated Press reporter. When his office was asked about the comments, Communications Director Jim Jeffries confirmed them and said, “Republicans officially choose our nominee in July. Sen. Alexander...
  • Rubio Contemplates Senate Run After Orlando Shooting

    06/13/2016 1:38:54 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 38 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 6-13-16 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that seeking another term as a senator from Florida has not been part of his family's plan, but the mass shooting Sunday in Orlando has given him pause about his future. "My family and I will be praying about all this, and we'll see what I need to do next with my life with regards to how I can best serve," the former presidential candidate told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. 50 people including the gunman were killed in the shooting at a gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando early Sunday morning. Hewitt asked if Rubio...
  • U.S. Senate Democrats discussing new gun control push

    06/13/2016 8:02:28 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | Jun 13, 2016
    World | Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:43am EDT Related: U.S., Election 2016, Politics U.S. Senate Democrats discussing new gun control push Leading U.S. Senate Democrats are discussing how to revive a push for legislation imposing additional gun controls in the wake of last weekend's mass shooting in Florida, according to a senior Senate Democratic aide on Monday.
  • GOP OFFICE HOLDERS: If Trump is Kicked Out, we walk too, and YOU WILL LOSE (vanity)

    06/11/2016 7:33:50 AM PDT · by BobL · 50 replies
    (self) | June 11, 2016 | BobL (self)
    Given the rumors that are flying around about 'changing the rules' at the GOP convention so as to prevent Donald Trump from being the Republican nominee, I think some thought should be given to the potential collateral damage to the Republican Party's efforts in November. First, I'll state the obvious - if Trump is denied his position on the ballot in 2016, I simply will not vote for president - and I suspect that holds for many, probably a majority of Trump supporters. So Romney, Ryan, or whoever replaces him will simply have to find another pool of millions of...
  • Forfeiture Reform Advances in the Senate

    06/10/2016 8:20:26 AM PDT · by milton23 · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 10, 2016 | Jason Snead and John G. Malcolm
    On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the “Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures,” or DUE PROCESS, Act. The reforms contained in Grassley’s bill would significantly alter the federal civil asset forfeiture landscape, dramatically improving the lot of innocent property owners caught up in a skewed and unfair forfeiture system. Civil asset forfeiture laws target property, not people. As a result, no criminal charges or convictions are needed in civil forfeiture cases. Rather, the government need only prove by a preponderance of the evidence that there is a nexus between...
  • Senators Ready Bill to Stop DOJ From Bankrolling Liberal Groups

    06/10/2016 5:32:29 AM PDT · by milton23 · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/10/2016 | Philip Wegmann
    The Senate may take steps to end a Justice Department slush fund that has channeled millions of dollars in banking settlements to outside organizations, including left-wing groups such as La Raza and NeighborWorks America. Four Republican senators—James Lankford of Oklahoma, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee—said they would introduce legislation Friday to prohibit federal settlement agreements that require donations to third parties. The Justice Department currently allows corporations found guilty of wrongdoing to pay a portion of their financial penalty as a donation to certain preapproved nonprofit groups.
  • Senate plan to overhaul military housing pay faces pushback

    06/03/2016 11:10:17 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 10 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 6/3/16 | Joseph Weber
    America’s troops – who haven’t seen a raise over 2 percent in years – could soon see their monthly pay actually go down in some cases if a Senate plan to overhaul the military housing allowance goes through. Right now, the Defense Department pays service members a set housing stipend based on several factors including rank and zip code. These rules allow bargain-hunting soldiers who find cheap housing to pocket the difference -- and use it for groceries, utilities or other expenses. Under the new Senate proposal, members of the Army, Navy and Air Force would get only the exact...
  • Cruz-McConnell tension flares anew as GOP leader casts Texan as bit player in Senate

    06/02/2016 4:57:38 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 62 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 31, 2016 | Todd J.Gillman
    Before Ted Cruz framed his presidential campaign as a crusade against the Washington “cartel,” he engaged in a series of skirmishes with fellow Republicans, in particular Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky....
  • How the Senate Is Supposed to Work

    06/01/2016 10:32:58 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/16 | Mitch McConnell
    And, though many haven’t noticed yet, the bipartisan cooperation has been good for our politics. A standard criticism of this approach is that it elevates process over policy or, worse, that it amounts to a kind of ideological surrender by Republicans. But if you want to be a U.S. senator, you need to be at peace with imperfect outcomes. The answer to Barack Obama and the left is not to rail against one’s fellow conservatives. It may turn out that Americans on the left and right don’t want the two parties to work together in an effort to reach consensus...
  • Hoover Institution Golden State Poll: Clinton +13 Over Sanders; Harris, Sanchez Lead Senate Field

    05/31/2016 9:03:07 PM PDT · by af_vet_1981 · 8 replies
    Hoover Institution, Stanford University ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    The survey, which interviewed 1,700 adult (18 and up) Californians, was conducted from May 4 to May 16. Looking to November, there’s tepid support for the two likely nominees. Clinton leads Trump, 45 percent to 33 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson polling at 4 percent and 8 percent considering a write-in candidate;
  • Trump camp concedes it's low on money

    05/29/2016 3:08:01 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 105 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Donald Trump's campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won't have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months. The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump's senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it's consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states....
  • Senate Votes to End a Textbook Crony Program

    05/27/2016 7:38:05 AM PDT · by milton23 · 9 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Daren Bakst
    On Wednesday, the Senate passed a joint resolution that will effectively put an end to one of the most egregious programs that exists today: the U.S. Department of Agriculture catfish inspection program. It’s actually disappointing that the vote was as close as it was—55-43. It may sound a bit silly, admittedly, but this program created in the 2008 farm bill is a classic example of legislators pushing a program for the benefit of a very narrow special interest without regard for the harm to taxpayers, consumers, and other industries.
  • How Republican Senators Failed GOP voters once again

    05/26/2016 3:29:20 PM PDT · by Tom Jefferson · 16 replies
    Bear to the Right ^ | May 25, 2016 | Gary Aminoff
    Last Friday, May 20, 2016, something happened in the U.S. Senate you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. You can read about it here. Gary Aminoff comments in the following short video.
  • Utah Lawmakers Call for Seventeenth Amendment Repeal

    05/20/2016 8:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | May 20, 2016 | Matt Hurley
    Utah lawmakers recently approved a resolution calling on Congress to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution repealing the Seventeenth Amendment. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established direct election of U.S. senators by popular vote. Before the amendment’s ratification, senators were elected by state legislatures. The resolution, approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the state’s lieutenant governor for filing in March, was sponsored by state Sen. Alvin Jackson (R-Highland). ‘A Formal Check’ Todd Zywicki, a professor of law at George Mason University, says the Seventeenth Amendment removed a necessary safeguard against...
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • Obama says Senate obligated to vote on Supreme Court nominee

    05/16/2016 4:45:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 6:26 PM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    President Barack Obama said Monday he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president’s nomination to the Supreme Court, staking out a position at odds with Republicans and some legal scholars. Obama made the claim in an online video interview about his stalled nomination of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland. Asked if he thought the Constitution’s language about “advice and consent” meant the Senate had an obligation to hold a vote, Obama told BuzzFeed News: “I do.” […]The GOP has pointed out that in 2005, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid argued that the Constitution doesn’t...
  • Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing

    05/16/2016 6:39:08 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/16/2016 | Michael Isikoff
    The CIA inspector general’s office — the spy agency’s internal watchdog — has acknowledged it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved, Yahoo News has learned. Although other copies of the report exist, the erasure of the controversial document by the CIA office charged with policing agency conduct has alarmed the U.S. senator who oversaw the torture investigation and reignited a behind-the-scenes battle over whether the full unabridged report should ever be released, according...
  • First Senate Appropriations Bill Passed Spends More Than Obama Requested

    05/12/2016 3:54:32 PM PDT · by milton23 · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Philip Wegmann
    The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 spends more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage in the Republican-led Senate Thursday. An overwhelming number of U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.
  • Brazil's Rousseff bows out defiantly after historic Senate vote to try her

    05/12/2016 8:28:46 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    al Reuters ^ | May 12, 2016 | Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello
    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff bowed out defiantly on Thursday, suspended from office after the Senate voted to put her on trial for breaking budget laws in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal. Rousseff, in office since 2011, will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, for the duration of a Senate trial that could take up to six months. Rousseff, speaking shortly before she left Brasilia's Planalto presidential palace, said was notified of her suspension on Thursday morning. "I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime," Rousseff said in...
  • Harry Reid to Rep. Alan Grayson: 'I want you to lose'

    05/11/2016 8:52:57 PM PDT · by Kush · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/11/2016 | Burgess Everett and seung Min Kim
    Rep. Alan Grayson angrily confronted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday, disrupting a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in front of dozens of staffers and members of Congress.Grayson (D-Fla.), whose bid for the open Florida Senate seat Reid vehemently opposes, arrived at the meeting with Reid’s February statement in hand, according to two sources in the room. In that statement, Reid said Grayson has “no moral compass” and “used his status as a congressman to unethically promote his Cayman Islands hedge funds.” ...The Florida Senate candidate said in a statement afterward: “I have a low opinion of Reid’s...
  • Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao punches way into Senate

    05/10/2016 4:51:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Asia One ^ | 05/10/2016
    MANILA - Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is virtually assured of a seat in the upper house Senate, according to election results Tuesday which take him a step closer to his dream of the Philippines presidency. Pacquiao, 37, whose rise from desperate street kid to boxing superstar has made him one of the nation's biggest heroes, retired from boxing last month to become a full-time politician. With over 91 per cent of voting centres accounted for from Monday's polls, the winner of an unprecedented eight world championships had garnered 14.94 million votes, more than enough to enter the Senate. Pacquiao placed...
  • Harry Reid: Democrats Will Take Senate Majority

    05/05/2016 7:12:50 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 39 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid vows that a Democratic takeover of the Senate is fairly certain in the November elections. Discussing the race for president, Reid said he was confident that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would win the party's nomination and then the general election. He stressed her intelligence and ability to grasp the issues on a wide variety of subjects. Reid harshly criticized Republican front-runner Donald Trump, saying that he "can't imagine how the establishment Republicans feel about somebody who’s about as far from anything that anyone believes in as Donald Trump. I can’t imagine this man being the...
  • The tortured things GOP Senate candidates have said about Donald Trump, to date

    05/04/2016 5:06:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2016 | Amber Phillips
    But many senators left wiggle room to back away from Trump if necessary; Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), who is in a tough reelection battle back home, said he intends to support the nominee "unless something crazy happens." And according to our March survey, at least 22 Republicans aren't sure or wouldn't say. Newly minted Indiana GOP nominee Todd Young hasn’t said anything we could find about whether he'd support Trump. Only one Republican senator — Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) — has said clearly that he won't be on Team Trump.
  • Treason by the Senate of the United States

    05/01/2016 9:22:15 AM PDT · by Edward.Fish · 25 replies
    Edward.Fish ^ | 12-Apr-2016 | Edward Fish
    It is both my pleasure and extreme displeasure to have the first post of this blog be about treason as perpetrated by the Senate; it is pleasurable because it is a deeply interesting subject, displeasure because it illustrates & proves just how little our Senators care about our country and, by extension, us. So, without further ado, I present to you a case of treason: It is fairly common knowledge that the Iran is an enemy of the states, as Iran has been officially recognized as a state sponsor of terrorism since the beginning of 1984 — Figure 1 shows...
  • Why Six Swing-State GOP Senators Are in Trouble – And How They Can Survive

    04/24/2016 7:02:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/23/2016 | By Gerald F. Seib
    In a complicated political season, nobody has more complications to worry about than the half-dozen Republican senators seeking re-election in tight, swing-state contests. Those senators–hailing from Illinois, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina—are being buffeted by big forces largely out of their control as they try to hang onto their seats. Their fate will determine whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they currently have a 54-46 advantage. The predicament of these GOP senators comes into clearer focus in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, completed just last week, which helps crystallize three big complications they...
  • McCain will skip GOP convention to campaign for reelection

    04/20/2016 8:00:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2016 | John Sexton
    Senator John McCain will not attend the GOP’s convention this summer. Instead he plans to use the time to campaign for reelection. Politico reports: “I have to campaign for reelection, and I have always done that when I’m up,” McCain said. “We have a late primary in Arizona.”Though the GOP convention is scheduled for July 18-21, the Arizona lawmaker also faces an Aug. 30 primary against state Sen. Kelli Ward and business owner Alex Meluskey. McCain’s real problem is his likely Democratic opponent Ann Kirkpatrick. Though polling is sparse, the RCP average suggests the head-to-head match-up is currently a...
  • U.S. Senate race in Arizona: Ann Kirkpatrick in dead heat with John McCain

    04/15/2016 7:35:16 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 37 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 14, 2016 | Earl de Berge
    Phoenix, Arizona, April 15, 2016. Incumbent U.S. Senator John McCain is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick as both receive 42 percent of a test vote taken statewide in April. This leaves only 16 percent undecided as of the time of this survey, compared to 25 percent in January. It also appears that at least one traditional voting pattern is changing in Arizona. For many years, rural voters have tended to lean Republican in most races, but in 2016 Kirkpatrick is outpolling McCain by 43 to 39 percent in the state’s rural counties in a modest but...
  • Still Report #791 - Cruz Humiliated in U S Senate

    04/14/2016 6:48:20 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 146 replies
    You Tube ^ | Apr 14, 2016 | Bill Still
    Calgary Ted Cruz was humiliated on the floor of the U.S. Senate twice on Monday night, according to a report in Politico. Months of Cruz’s criticisms of his Republican colleagues is now reaping some nasty rewards for the Junior Senator from Canada. During a discussion of continuing funding for the government, Cruz tried to interrupt the proceedings with a roll call vote. The usually polite decorum on the floor of the U.S. Senate quickly turned negative as even Cruz’s fellow Republicans refused to grant him what’s called a “sufficient second” that would have allowed him to briefly call for the...
  • Florida GOP Senate hopeful won't endorse McConnell for leader

    04/14/2016 11:22:29 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a GOP Senate hopeful, has said he's not supporting Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as the leader of Senate Republicans. “I have declined to endorse McConnell for reelection, and let’s be honest — if he lets a liberal justice onto the Supreme Court, he’s not going to be the majority leader. We know that, that’s not going to fly,” DeSantis told attendees at an April 10 forum sponsored by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, according to footage obtained by The Hill.
  • Cruz apology to McConnell? 'Ain't gonna happen,' he says

    04/08/2016 7:19:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/08/2016 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>Ted Cruz said Thursday he will not apologize to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for accusing him of lying last year, despite suggestions from Senate colleagues it would help them unite behind his campaign.</p> <p>"That ain't gonna happen," Cruz told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that aired on "Erin Burnett OutFront." "And if the Washington lobbyists want to see that happen, they can hold their breath a long, long time. My focus is on the American people and uniting Republicans behind shared values and a shared vision." Cruz has presented himself as the candidate best poised to unite the Republican Party against Hillary Clinton in November. But he has struggled with his own colleagues in the Senate, winning limited support from Republican senators.</p>
  • Stanford Senate debates whether 'Jews control banks and media'

    04/06/2016 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    inn ^ | 4/6/16 | Tova Dvorin
    Stereotypes asserting Jews "control the banks and the media" do not constitute anti-Semitism, a member of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Senate claimed this week. During a hearing on renewing a resolution banning anti-Semitism, Stanford senior Gabriel Knight insisted that a clause defining negative Jewish stereotypes is "irresponsibly foraying into another politically contentious conversation." "Questioning these potential power dynamics, I think, is not anti-semitism," he said. "I think it’s a very valid discussion." He also maintained that the bill should include “some language to acknowledge Palestinians’ rights to self-determination." Knight backtracked twenty minutes later, the Stanford Review reported...
  • The Real Welfare Queens Are Our Legislators, Not Food-Stamp Recipients

    04/06/2016 7:01:38 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/4/2016 | Catherine Rampell
    Let's not be coy. There's a certain population in this country that expects unlimited government handouts despite its piggish unwillingness to work. Don't tell me this is about their child-care responsibilities, or lack of access to transportation or education. Nonsense. These people simply don't want to work. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new welfare queens: your democratically elected U.S. legislators, the laziest, most do-nothing generation of federal politicians in decades. Sure, they talk a big game about work ethic and personal responsibility. With the stated goal of promoting personal responsibility, the House Republicans' 2017 budget proposes newly attaching work requirements...
  • Ted Cruz would Double Immigration, add 500% worker Visas and legalize illegals (2013)

    03/31/2016 3:34:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 95 replies
    Ted Cruz will Bow to Wall-street and stab every working american family in the back. His idea of 'Improving Immigration' is to _ 1) Double Legal Immigration. 2) increase worker Visas 500% 3) Grant all Illegals here RPI Status, so they can stay and work Legally. Ted is against Citizenship, yes, but he is all for allowing those millions to stay and work...but under the Law they can get Citizenship in 13yrs - How is that a good idea? The simple truth is there is no STEM shortage or labor shortage in the USA. In fact we are flooded with...
  • Supreme Court Fight: Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

    03/29/2016 9:44:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 29, 2016 | Ari Melber
    When President Obama first nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans were united in their wall of opposition — no meetings, no hearing, no vote. And while Garland's path remains a very uphill battle, some Republicans are starting to shift their tone. Two weeks into the nomination fight, 16 Republican senators now say they will meet with Garland — over 25 percent of the GOP caucus — according to a running count by NBC News.
  • Meluskey Releases Brutal Ad Against McCain

    03/28/2016 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Waywardson · 10 replies
    The Politistick ^ | 3/28/2016 | Greg Campbell
    Arizona Republican Senator John McCain has branded himself as a “maverick” of Republican politics. For those who pay attention, such coy euphemisms as “maverick” betray a more-sinister label: turncoat. Though he represents one of the most-conservative states in the union in the Senate, McCain consistently works against conservative issues. Though a supporter of defense spending, McCain continues to undermine America’s safety on the most-basic of issues. What good is an extra F-18 or two if we’re consistently leaving the Southern border unsecured for the convenience of any illegal immigrant or Islamic terrorists who wish to enter the country without going...
  • Just Eight GOP Senators Up For Re-Election Would Definitely Back Trump

    03/28/2016 9:45:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 28, 2016 | Marianna Sotomayor and Frank Thorp
    Just slightly more than a third of the 21 Republican senators up for re-election this year say that they'd unquestionably support Donald Trump if he becomes the party's presidential nominee ... Another six GOP senators up for re-election have hedged on whether they'd stand behind Trump if he's the nominee, opting instead to observe the rest of the Republican primary season. . . . As for the remaining seven senators, they and their offices refused to answer the question, despite multiple attempts by NBC News.
  • Cruz's Exposure of Republican Leaderships Quiet Surrender

    03/24/2016 6:26:07 AM PDT · by Shery · 26 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 3.24.16 | Jen Kuznicki
    America needs a leader who will stand for what is right, even if he’s the only one standing. The following is a summary of a particular fight between the Senate leadership and Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, taken from Cruz’s book, “A Time For Truth.” At a usually jocular Senate Republican lunch in February of 2014, Senators were turning purple and yelling at Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for refusing to go along with a scheme to raise the debt ceiling. Under Boehner’s leadership, 28 Republicans had joined with 193 Democrats to cut the legs out from under the 199...
  • After Saying Republicans Should Follow Biden Rule, Reid Now Says ‘There Is No Biden Rule’

    03/21/2016 9:01:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    In 2005, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor and insisted he and his colleagues had no constitutional duty to approve President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Fast forward to 2016, he’s changing his tune. In a Washington Post article, Reid writes, “The Senate’s constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president’s Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.” “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd felt compelled to point out the senator's hypocrisy on Sunday:Meet The Press confronts Harry Reid with past hypocritical postures on Supreme Court nominations “I guess I’m confused....
  • George Will: The GOP’s Blocking of Obama's Supreme Court Pick Is Indefensible

    03/20/2016 10:32:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2016 | George Will
    <p>The Republican party’s incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity of Republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider Merrick Garland radiates insincerity.</p> <p>Because they have a right to be obdurate, there being no explicit constitutional proscription against this.</p>