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  • GOP candidates share their hopes of defeating Graham (snippets from their debate)

    04/18/2014 5:09:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Five South Carolinians seeking the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate clearly have one thing in common: They don't approve of the Republican incumbent, Lindsey Graham. Those candidates – Det Bowers, Richard Cash, Bill Conner, Benjamin Dunn and Nancy Mace – spent more than two hours in a debate sponsored by the Aiken Republican Club on Wednesday. The media maintains that Graham will win in a landslide, but he actually is fighting for his political life, said Mace, a small-business owner. “We know the truth,” she said. “He can't even muster the support of 50 percent of the people in...
  • Rand Paul Hates Mitch McConnell So Much That He Is Refusing to Publicly Support Him

    04/18/2014 5:47:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    politicsusa.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Jason Easley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) hates Sen. Mitch McConnnell so much that when a constituent asked him why he supports McConnell’s reelection campaign, Paul refused to answer and told the questioner to talk to him privately. According to the Glasgow Daily Times: After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the senior senator. The answer...
  • Iowa Senate Candidate's Ad: Holding his Glock...

    04/13/2014 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 9 replies
    A short, gotta-see Ad. http://launch.newsinc.com/embed.html?type=VideoPlayer/16x9&videoId=25802236&trackingGroup=12672&widgetId=17779&playlistId=993&siteSection=realclear_nws_non_fro&embedOriginUrl=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.realclearpolitics.com%252Fndn_widget.html
  • Koch-style Political Ads; Are these type effective? (Vanity)

    04/13/2014 1:21:03 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 30 replies
    I appreciate the Koch Brothers financing political ads against the Dems who voted for ObamaCare. However, I'm taking an informal poll here. Tell me FReepers; if you think ads that end like this are effective: "Call her today, and tell her to stop spending taxpayers' money on ObamaCare." Is this effective or should the ad encourage voters to just get rid of her? They are running similar ads against Braley in Iowa and Udall in Colorado that say e.g. : "Tell Bruce Braley to stand with Iowa and stop supporting ObamaCare." Is that cool, or should it say: "Iowans, don't...
  • McConnell and his challenger Bevin attack each other on immigration reform

    04/07/2014 3:18:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Neil Munro
    Matt Bevin, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger, told a group of Kentucky voters that American workers are less productive than immigrants. “For those who think that all these fifteen to twenty million [illegal immigrant] people are here just to take advantage of us and ride the system, you’re wrong,” he said at a diner in Jessamine, Kentucky, in March. “Most of them are not… but I’ll tell you what, there are more people like that even proportionally that were born here in this country,” he added.
  • Kentucky: Your Primary is Our Business. Time to Send McConnell Packing! Levin Endorses Bevin.

    04/06/2014 5:53:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    The Great One, Mark Levin, endorses Matt Bevin, primary candidate running against Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for Kentucky U.S. Senate. Enough of the status quo and politicians who claim to be Tea Party leaders who continue selling us out. I’ve published clips and rants about Rand Paul ad nauseaum. I am not here to disparage him, but to show the implications of what his half-hearted, “soft” and veiled support of the Tea Party will mean for us nationally. If it was good for Rubio, it’s good for him. Why should he be exempt from criticism? He’s just as devious,...
  • Glenn Beck: McConnell just as bad as Obama

    04/06/2014 6:09:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/5/14 | Tim Devaney
    Conservative television personality Glenn Beck on Saturday offered Tea Party supporters an unsavory comparison between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Obama. "Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to our country as Barack Obama is," Beck said during FreePAC Kentucky, a conservative event that promoted two Tea Party challengers over their Republican incumbents in the Senate. McConnell, a five-term Senator, is facing a challenge in the November elections from Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who was also speaking at the event. Speaking to McConnell supporters, Beck offered a grave prediction: "You're guy's going out of business very...
  • Bevin, conservatives rally in McConnell's backyard

    04/06/2014 6:06:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 4/5/14 | Bill Barrow
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Conservative activists from across the country came to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's hometown on Saturday to insist that their fight against established Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections isn't over. The downtown Louisville rally served as a lift for McConnell challenger Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman who wants to capitalize on the same tea party energy that helped Rand Paul defeat McConnell's choice for the state's other Senate seat two years ago. The event also was intended as a morale booster as the so-called liberty movement tries to put its imprint on an election cycle where...
  • THAD COCHRAN ATTACKS TEA PARTY RIVAL CHRIS MCDANIEL FOR ATTENDING TEA PARTY EVENT

    04/04/2014 3:43:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2014 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Friday morning, Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign sent out a press release criticizing his GOP primary challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, for planning to attend a major Tea Party rally this weekend. "This Saturday, Kentucky will focus on the Final Four in Texas, Thad Cochran's campaign will focus on Mississippi...and Chris McDaniel will focus on...Kentucky?" the release began. "I love how Orwellian they get," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe told Breitbart News as part of an exclusive interview. Kibbe's group is hosting the event, titled "Free PAC Kentucky," which will feature remarks by Glenn Beck and is taking place Senate Majority...
  • New Bevin ad clads McConnell in Duke gear (LOL!)

    03/27/2014 3:17:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-27-2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    March 27, 2014 New Bevin ad clads McConnell in Duke gear By Alexandra Jaffe Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, is working to make sure McConnell is forever linked with the wrong team in the state’s bitter basketball rivalry with Duke University. Bevin is debuting a new ad during Friday’s Kentucky versus Louisville basketball game that features a cutout of the Senate minority leader bedecked in a blue Duke jersey. It’s a reference to a McConnell campaign video launched earlier this week that mistakenly featured a shot of Duke’s 2010 championship team celebrating their win — a...
  • Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell: Go Duke Basketball!

    03/26/2014 5:49:28 AM PDT · by SterlingSilver · 12 replies
    The News & Record - Greensboro Ky - Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2014 3:32 pm | Associated Press
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sen. Mitch McConnell's latest campaign video hit all the necessary Kentucky high points: horse racing, bluegrass — and Duke basketball? The campaign was scrambling this morning to remove an online video that features a split-second clip of Duke basketball players celebrating their 2010 national championship. The mistake comes as the basketball-crazy state of Kentucky prepares for the biggest game of the year. Kentucky and Louisville face off in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night.
  • Bevin hits McConnell for debt limit increase

    03/31/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger Matt Bevin blasts McConnell for supporting a debt limit increase and launching “false attack ads” in a new ad. ADVERTISEMENT It’s the candidate’s first significant statewide broadcast buy, and will also air statewide on cable, according to his campaign. The ad features Bevin speaking direct-to-camera, declaring “after caving yet again to President Obama on the debt ceiling, all that Mitch McConnell can do is run false attack ads.” A narrator goes on to declare that “thirty years is enough,” and calls McConnell “too liberal” and “too long.” McConnell has attacked Bevin in radio ads,...
  • Why is Mitch McConnell smiling?

    03/31/2014 2:24:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3-30-2014 | Jazz Shaw - Commentary
    March 30, 2014 Why is Mitch McConnell smiling? Jazz Shaw Jennifer Rubin awards the Distinguished Pol of the Week trophy to… Mitch McConnell. No one has been more vilified by the D.C.-based far-right machine than Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). If you didn’t know better, you’d think outfits like Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Madison Project, Senate Conservatives Fund and these groups’ top cheerleader in the blogosphere, Red State, were working for the “Keep Harry Reid Majority Leader” fund. McConnell has been attacked for opposition to the shutdown, for agreement on a budget deal and for supporting items like the farm bill. Yet...
  • Will South Carolina Retire “Liberal Lindsey” Graham?

    03/28/2014 5:16:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thenewamerican.com ^ | 3/27/14 | Thomas Eddlem
    South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has become the neoconservative Republican targeted by Tea Party and liberty movement organizations nationally, and the South Carolina U.S. Senate primary on June 10 may be the most important race of the 2014 campaign. Labeled a “RINO” by his detractors, Graham gave his five primary opponents some unintentional assistance March 13 by telling Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry that he would help stop the Republican agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker John Boehner. “Hey John, good job,” Graham said over a live microphone he almost certainly thought was turned off. “Let me...
  • Challenger hopes to score off McConnell's campaign foul

    03/28/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    Mitch McConnell's conservative primary challenger is hoping to score some points off of a highly publicized mistake by the Senate Minority Leader's re-election team. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, hoping to boost his underdog challenge against McConnell in Kentucky's May Republican primary, is going up with a TV commercial Friday that pokes fun at web video released earlier this week by the senator's campaign that included a clip of a team wearing blue uniforms celebrating a national championship in men's basketball. The major problem was that the team wasn't the Kentucky Wildcats, but instead the Duke University Blue Devils. There's little...
  • West Virginia Rep. Capito May Tip Senate to GOP

    03/23/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Salena Zito
    Shelley Moore Capito largely has avoided national attention. Now her U.S. Senate race has raised her profile as one of the Republican Party's best hopes to tip the chamber's balance of power. The party could win a narrow majority this fall if it holds onto its 45 Senate seats and takes six of the 55 held by Democrats, including that of West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring. She is one of the few moderate candidates out there and has the right profile in this state to become the first Republican senator since the 1950s. If she beats her Democratic...
  • Nate Silver of 538: GOP Has 60% Chance Of Taking Senate in 2014

    03/23/2014 2:28:33 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Nate Silver
    ESPN's FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver examines the state of the 2014 Senate races. Silver predicts the Republican party has a 60% chance to take the Senate in 2014. Silver also says there is a 30% chance that the GOP can "win big." Silver says the Republican party has a 45% shot to take a Senate seat in Michigan, a 35% chance in Colorado and 30% for a seat in Iowa.
  • “Drunks,” “Bullies,” “Traitors,” “Fringe,” and Other Things Mitch McConnell Has Called Conservatives

    03/11/2014 5:39:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 3/11/14 | Erick Erickson
    Mitch McConnell is doing his best to walk back his comments about conservatives. He told the New York Times he intended to “crush them everywhere.” Now he says he was only talking about the Jim DeMint founded Senate Conservatives Fund and its candidates — candidates like Ben Sasse supported by Paul Ryan, Mike Lee, Club for Growth, RedState, National Review, and others. Actually, Mitch McConnell has been pretty open in the past about his contempt for conservatives. He has referred to conservatives and the outside groups they fund, as traitors, bullies, drunks, and fringe. He claims conservatives “tear up every...
  • Kay Hagan sinks lower in North Carolina polls

    03/08/2014 9:57:45 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2014 | Rebececa Berg
    Approval ratings continue to drop for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is seeking re-election in the key battleground state of North Carolina, according to a new poll. The result of the latest Elon University Poll shows that approval of Hagan, now at roughly 33 percent, has declined in four consecutive polls. "The trend suggests the senator will face a tougher-than-expected re-election battle this November," said Dr. Jason Husser, assistant director of the Elon University Poll. Further troubling for Hagan is the roughly equivalent disapproval of her job performance by women and men. Thirty-three percent of women and 34 percent of...
  • The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control

    03/01/2014 6:21:39 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 17 replies
    USNEWS.COM ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Lauren Fox, David Catanese
    The familiar Washington narrative on the scrum for the U.S. Senate has been rinsed, recycled and delivered once again: Republicans are primed to pick up the six seats necessary to capture control of the upper chamber. The midterm atmosphere sure looks ripe, the polling appears favorable but, as it did in 2010 and 2012, the most competitive batch of races will likely come down to candidate quality. It’s the key component that stifled GOP chances before, and could very well again. .... .... A closer look at the most competitive contests demonstrates why a Senate majority in 2014 is again...
  • Big Lie Finally Laid to Rest (Senate Conservatives Fund email)

    02/26/2014 6:03:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 63 replies
    Fellow Conservatives: One of the biggest lies in Republican politics has finally been laid to rest. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has long maintained that its only goal is to win a Republican majority in the Senate. But earlier this week, the NRSC disproved this claim when it refused to support conservative candidates against Democrats in the Fall. Here's the background on this important story. The NRSC has historically supported all Republican nominees regardless of their ideology as part of the committee's goal of electing Republicans. NRSCThere have been races in the past where the NRSC played favorites with...
  • Labor to the Rescue in Southern Senate Races? Not Exactly

    02/25/2014 11:48:11 AM PST · by Din Maker · 4 replies
    National Journal | February 24, 2014 | Michael Catalini
    Memo to some vulnerable Senate Democrats: Don't wait for labor to swoop in and save you with a chest full of money and a brigade of foot soldiers to get out the vote. In a handful of the most contested Senate contests this cycle—including Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina—the AFL-CIO has conducted a cost-benefit analysis and the results are in: There just aren't enough union members in those states to make it worth the investment of scarce resources. "I would love to say that North Carolina is a major target for our movement nationally, and everyone is gonna be playing...
  • Bad News for Cornyn: Texas ranks 48th in voter turnout (Vanity)

    02/16/2014 5:52:53 AM PST · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 16, 2014 | Din Maker
    I read the following from The Washington Examiner in an article about Wendy "the witch" Davis who is running for Governor on the Democrat ticket this year. This is great news for our team: "Texas is one of the worst performers when it comes to voter turnout. In 2010, just 36.4 percent of registered voters actually voted, making it the worst state for turnout. In 2012, Texas ranked 48th in voter turnout, according to a report from the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, Texas has had lower voter turnout rates than the national average since 1972." So, just...
  • Out With Graham, In With Bright (Re-Electing Graham Is Unacceptable)

    02/14/2014 9:16:14 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/13/14 | goldwaterconservative
    There is a lot of attention being focused on primary challenges to sitting Republican Senators this election cycle. Before the races started heating up, many conservatives across the country were most looking forward to unseating South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. And yet, almost no national attention has been given to the race. This should change, as all polling shows Graham vulnerable to falling beneath the 50% runoff threshold. While Lindsey Graham isn’t part of the McConnell-Cornyn leadership (from behind) team, he does more than his part to neuter conservative, small-government efforts. Consider the following: 1-Graham, with the possible exception of...
  • Weekly Post of Republican Senators' Conservative Ratings

    02/13/2014 12:42:47 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    Still waiting for ACU and Club for Growth to update their numbers to reflect 2013. As usual, senators up for reelection on top, primary dates included.
  • Senate race poll numbers look good for Republicans (Michael Barone)

    02/09/2014 6:12:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 31, 2014 | Michael Barone
    The balance in the 2014 race for a majority in the Senate seems to have shifted -- toward the Republicans. Two polls released today showed Louisiana Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu trailing Republican challenger John Cassidy and New Hampshire Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen running even with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Here is how Republicans are faring in seven seats that are up in states carried by Mitt Romney. I've shown the Real Clear Politics averages or, when that wasn't available, an average from the two most recent public polls (an asterisk means there wasn't an RCP average available). Following that...
  • Here's The Republican Path To Taking Back The Senate - K.Rove Barf alert

    02/09/2014 12:23:40 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 19 replies
    AU.FINANCE.YAHOO.COM ^ | Yahoo! | Brett LoGiurato
    Read 'Here's The Republican Path To Taking Back The Senate' on Yahoo7 Finance Australia. American Crossroads, the Republican super PAC... Article Link: Here's The Republican Path To Taking Back The Senate - Yahoo7 Finance Australia (http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-republican-path-taking-back-182555056.html) Posted with Article Posting Assistant: (http://code-happy.bahits.com/?p=62)
  • Polls: Republicans lead in 5 key Senate races

    02/07/2014 3:42:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 7, 2014
    Republicans have leads in five crucial Senate races, according to new polling conducted for the GOP-aligned group American Crossroads.
  • GOP Establishment's 'Save Cochran' Campaign Fizzling

    02/07/2014 11:21:53 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/7/14 | Tony Lee
    Is this the best the Establishment has got on Chris McDaniel? A super PAC associated with former Mississippi Gov. and current lobbyist Haley Barbour has resorted to attacking McDaniel for voting for bills that Barbour supported and signed into law. And in one instance, the group accuses McDaniel of voting for a bill he didn't vote for. Barbour, incidentally, also signed that one into law. McDaniel has secured endorsements from the conservative groups like the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, Heritage Action, and Freedomworks. The Washington establishment appears to be deeply concerned that Cochran is in trouble before...
  • Arkansas Senate: Cotton (R) 45%, Pryor (D) 40%

    02/06/2014 3:31:24 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | February 6, 2014
    Congressman Tom Cotton holds a five-point lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Arkansas. A new statewide survey of Likely Arkansas Voters finds Cotton with 45% support to Pryor’s 40%. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.
  • 'It's going to be a dogfight:' Grimes leads McConnell in first Bluegrass Poll

    02/06/2014 4:22:17 PM PST · by SomeCallMeTim · 46 replies
    WHAS Louisville ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nine months before Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate election, Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes leads five-term incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) 46% to 42% in a WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Thursday. McConnell enjoys a comfortable 26 point margin in the Republican primary contest against Matt Bevin in the poll conducted by Survey USA and commissioned by a partnership of WHAS11, The Courier-Journal, WKYT-TV in Lexington and the Lexington Herald-Leader.
  • Anti-Establishment Ben Sasse Surges to Virtual Tie in Nebraska GOP Senate Primary

    02/06/2014 9:19:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/5/14 | Tony Lee
    After his YouTube video in which he blasted Obamacare and the Republican establishment in Washington for not combating it fiercely enough went viral late last year, conservative Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse has rocketed from obscurity to holding a virtual tie for the party's Senate nomination. A Harper Polling poll released Wednesday found that Sasse, the former Bush administration Health and Human Services Department official who is the country's youngest president of a university (Midland), trails former Nebraska state Treasurer Shane Osborn by only one percentage point in the race to replace retiring Sen. Mike Johanns. Osborn is at 30...
  • Graham Leads Challengers, But Could Face Run-Off (that's the plan!!)

    02/06/2014 10:46:57 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    Sen. Lindsey Graham leads his challenges in the lead up to South Carolina’s Republican primary, but does not appear to have enough support to avoid a run-off, according to a poll by Wenzel Strategies. Currently, Graham holds 46 percent support among Palmetto state Republicans while state Senator Lee Bright trails by 17 percent. Nancy Mace, one of the first women to go to the Citadel, and businessman Richard Cash both receive 5 percent. Attorney and Afghan war vet Bill Connor falls last with 4 percent. The poll was sponsored by Bright. Although Graham holds a strong lead, he needs more...
  • ELECTION 2014: New poll shows Graham below 50 percent needed to avoid runoff

    02/06/2014 10:49:39 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    thestate.com ^ | 2/6/14 | Adam Beam and Jamie Self
    COLUMBIA, SC — Sen. Lindsey Graham leads his nearest Republican challenger by 28 percentage points, according to a new poll from Wenzel strategies. But the poll -- paid for and released Thursday by the campaign of state Sen. Lee Bright, one of four Republicans vying to unseat Graham in June's primary -- shows Graham did not get more than 50 percent of the vote, which he would need to avoid a runoff election. That's important because, with a crowded Republican primary field, the only way a challenger has a chance is to get into a runoff. More than 22 percent...
  • FreedomWorks touts Greg Brannon as the next Ted Cruz or Rand Paul

    02/05/2014 4:21:04 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    newsobserver.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Katie Reilly
    RALEIGH — FreedomWorks, a national grassroots conservative organization, endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Greg Brannon on Tuesday night, comparing him to tea party figures Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe traveled to North Carolina for the event at the BBQ Lodge in Raleigh and introduced Brannon as the next U.S. senator from North Carolina. “We’re definitely in it to win it, and I think if you want to win the general, you’re going to win it with a candidate who stands for something, that authentically believes in what he’s talking about,” Kibbe said. “If you look at the...
  • What Obama told Senate Democrats at retreat (only game RATS discussed - 2014 midterm elections)

    02/05/2014 2:26:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/05/14 | Ed O'Keefe
    **SNIP** Most notably, the president “stressed how important keeping the Senate is this year,” this person said. The discussion comes amid rising anxiety among some Democrats about how the president’s declining popularity might affect the party’s ability to maintain control of the Senate. Republicans are increasingly hopeful of picking up six or more seats to narrowly retake control of the chamber. Aides to two of the most at-risk Democrats – Mark Begich (Alaska) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) – confirmed that their bosses attending the meeting.
  • GOP Establishment Rushes to Save Thad Cochran (should have retired!)

    02/04/2014 5:48:17 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 72 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Tony Lee
    Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Chochran is in trouble, and the GOP establishment is pulling out all the stops to save him. A pro-Cochran super PAC associated with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is already on the airwaves to define upstart conservative state Senator and challenger Chris McDaniel five months before the primary. And even Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who on Sunday endorsed Cochran, criticized the group on Monday. “I’m disappointed in that – it’s just not something that’s necessary,” Bryant said on Monday, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “I would urge them to stop the Republican-on-Republican attack. I believe it was...
  • Republican takeover of the U. S. Senate this November

    02/04/2014 1:23:11 PM PST · by HalTa · 45 replies
    There has been numerous articles on the possible Republican takeover of the Senate by concentrating Republican effort and resources on the six Democrat Senators that are up for reelection in Red States that Romney won in the 2012 election. This is all well and good but it would be a giant mistake to ignore the Blue State senatorial races. After all, there are NINETEEN Democrat senators up for reelection this year. There is no reason to believe these Democrats are any less vulnerable then their Red State cronies. This year is not a "normal" election. The Blue State voters who...
  • Conservative group pushes to topple GOP leaders in Congress

    02/04/2014 1:02:08 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | February 4th, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser
    A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on "the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside." ForAmerica told CNN that it's putting six figures behind its "Dump the Leadership" campaign between now and November's leadership elections. The group says that its digital ads will target House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn, and the group adds that the first paid spots are now up online. "Time and again, year after year, the Republican...
  • Fear: Blue State Dem Senator Won't Say If She'd Vote for Obamacare Again

    02/04/2014 9:42:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Guy Benson
    These ads and this poll must really be eating away at Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). In a recent appearance on WKXL radio, Shaheen parroted the problematic Zeke Emanuel line in response to questions about the president's bogus "keep your doctor" pledge, and ducked giving a direct answer on whether she'd vote for Obamacare all over again (click through for audio): Americans who have lost access to their health care providers due to ObamaCare may be able to get their old doctors back but only if they are “willing to pay more.” That’s Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) solution to the problems...
  • Right Wing News Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate in Kentucky

    02/04/2014 9:01:16 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    rightwingnews.com ^ | 2/4/14 | John Hawkins
    It’s bad enough that Mitch McConnell is a terrible leader in the Senate who regularly gets outmaneuvered by Harry Reid, but he’s also a lousy Senate candidate. In fact, the only reason the GOP is risking a Senate seat in a state Mitt Romney won by 22 points is because McConnell is so unpopular. Despite the fact that Matt Bevin has low name recognition, he’s already out-polling McConnell in a head-to-head race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. In a state where McConnell has almost universal name recognition, those are Todd Akinesque numbers. If Mitch McConnell stepped aside, Bevin would win...
  • Tea Party goes after GOP incumbents McConnell & Graham

    02/04/2014 5:22:06 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 2/4/14 | S. A. Miller
    <p>WASHINGTON — A top Tea Party group practically declared war on the Republican Party establishment Monday, launching a super PAC to target GOP incumbents in Senate races who don’t meet its conservative standards.</p> <p>In announcing the move, the Tea Party Patriots’ Super PAC put a bull’s-eye on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who already face tough re-election contests.</p>
  • Donations to Karl Rove's Groups Drop 98% after Targeting Tea Party

    02/01/2014 1:12:28 PM PST · by RedMDer · 104 replies
    Breitbart. ^ | 1 Feb 2014, 11:59 AM PDT | Tony Lee
    After wasting nearly $325 million during the 2012 election cycle with nothing to show for it and then declaring war on the Tea Party, donations to Karl Rove's three Crossroads groups decreased by 98% last year. The groups reportedly raised a paltry $6.1 million combined in 2013. .... Since then, as Breitbart News reported, "Rove’s organization has been so tarnished among the conservative base that candidates fear donors will not contribute to any group associated with him." Aware of this, Rove's Crossroads network has reloaded with groups that share donors but are technically not affiliated on paper with them.
  • McConnell refusing to debate Bevin

    01/31/2014 6:07:58 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 1/30/14 | dforston
    Listen to this audio from an interview with Matt Bevin on the Andrew Wilcow show… the interesting part comes in at 13:45 where Bevin is asked about whether McConnell has agreed to debate him and he said no. Apparently, McConnell’s strategy is to act like Bevin doesn’t even exist. He’s been attacking Allison Grimes on the Democrat side of the contest. If it’s true that McConnell has refused to debate Bevin, he needs to be called to the carpet.
  • Rebel Conservatives Lead Way in G.O.P. Fund-Raising

    02/01/2014 6:40:02 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 2/1/14 | Nicholas Confessore
    Insurgent conservative organizations raised more money last year than the leading Republican establishment outside groups, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their most potent advantage in the struggle over the G.O.P.'s future, according to interviews with officials and new campaign filings. The shift in fortunes could have an enormous impact in 2014, as warring Republican factions prepare to square off in a series of Senate and House primaries around the country and Republican leaders seek to rein in activists who they believe have fractured and endangered the party with policies that alienate independent-leaning voters. Emboldened...
  • Out With The Old: Bevin vs McConnell

    02/01/2014 12:02:44 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 13 replies
    Poletical ^ | February 1st, 2014 | T. Carter
    Conservatives will be less likely to vote if McConnell wins the Republican primary. McConnell's approval ratings have dropped to an historic career low. In December, only 31% approved of the job Mitch McConnell has been doing as the Republican Senate Minority Leader. This creates a significant vulnerability for Republicans going into the 2014 mid-term elections. McConnel has lost favor in the places where it matters most: the hearts of conservatives. Despite his vocal defense of the US Constitution, McConnell trampled the Constitution when he supported the Protect America Act, which allows warrantless wiretaps and the monitoring of electronic communications between...
  • THE WORST REPUBLICAN SENATOR: Lindsey Graham's Sorry Record

    01/31/2014 8:17:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 15, 2008 | Quin Hillye
    THE WORST REPUBLICAN SENATOR Lindsey Graham's sorry record. By Quin Hillyer – South Carolina's Lindsey Graham is a flop. He pretends to be a conservative, but sells out conservatives and insults them while doing so. He pretends to be effective at reaching across party lines, but the only thing he effectively does is help the other party. He inhabits the Senate seat of Strom Thurmond, legendary for great attention to his South Carolina constituents, but Graham spends most of his time trailing behind John McCain like a valet as McCain criss-crosses the country in pursuit of the presidency. He called...
  • Some Republicans (Lindsey Graham) See Racism As a Factor in Immigration Stalemate

    01/30/2014 7:25:35 PM PST · by Qbert · 51 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/29/2014 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — For more than a year House Republican leaders have insisted the chamber would act on new immigration laws. And for more than a year, Republicans have done virtually nothing on the issue — despite intense pressure from activists, business groups, and the nation’s changing demographics. And although there are a variety of reasons for inaction, one Republican lawmaker recently offered a frank acknowledgement that for many House Republicans, there’s one issue at play that’s not often discussed: race. “Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I...
  • Senate Conservatives Fund (2014 Races Info.)

    01/29/2014 8:54:51 AM PST · by Din Maker · 3 replies
    SenateConservatives.com ^ | 2014 | SCF Staff
    This link above in red, and printed below, is a great tool for us FReepers to file and keep on hand. It's a list published by the Senate Conservatives Fund website that lists all the 2014 Senate Races by State, Incumbent and Primary Challengers to the incumbents. Very informative. http://www.senateconservatives.com/site/races
  • 5 Senate Races to Watch for GOP Success

    06/08/2013 11:10:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    After the recent death of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Chris Christie’s following announcement of a special election later this year, it reminds us that there are some critical senate seats up for grabs that could be potential winners for the GOP. Depending on recruiting capabilities and ease of fundraising, we could see Republican senators in some surprising places. 1) New Hampshire Now this won’t be an automatic win by any means, but it is an interesting race to watch because of the potential candidates in the race. It has been mentioned that Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts, could...