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  • Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Dem in Iowa Senate poll

    09/17/2014 6:04:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/17/14 | Nick Kalman
    Republican Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race, according to a new poll that points to a heated battle for votes in the final stretch. The Quinnipiac University survey showed Ernst, a state senator, leading Braley by 6 points, 50-44 percent among likely voters. The poll also showed her leading among independents, a key voting bloc. The results are a break from earlier polling which for months has shown Braley leading or tied with his GOP rival. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement put out...
  • Poll: Greg Orman leads Pat Roberts in Kansas

    09/16/2014 7:20:09 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/16/2014 | Kyle Cheney
    Independent Greg Orman has opened up a lead in his effort to unseat Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, according to a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Orman leads Roberts 41-34, with Democrat Chad Taylor — who announced plans to end his campaign earlier this month — capturing 6 percent of the vote. Libertarian Randall Batson earned 4 percent support in the poll, which was first provided to the Huffington Post. The automated phone and online survey of 1,328 likely voters was taken between Sept. 11 and Sept. 14. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.7 percentage points....
  • CNN Poll in New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen 48%, Scott Brown 48%

    09/15/2014 7:56:23 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    We’ve seen three public polls of New Hampshire’s Senate race since July. WMUR put incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen up by 2; YouGov put her up by 6. And now: BREAKING: New CNN-ORC poll in #NHSen race. @SenScottBrown: 48%, @SenatorShaheen: 48%, +/- 3.5%. 5:38 AM - 15 Sep 2014 Think about it, New Hampshire. You have the power in your hands… to make a Princeton professor eat a bug:
  • Delaware’s Senate Race Suddenly Heats Up – Coons 39 Wade 31

    09/15/2014 6:10:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    barbwire.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Fay Voshell
    It’s hard to miss the WadeMobile. It’s the Nascar vehicle of Delaware politics. Flamboyantly wrapped in neon red, stark white and sky blue with an outsize portrait of Kevin Wade emblazoned on the side, it has been prowling up and down the small state of Delaware ever since Wade, a Delaware businessman and politician, filed at the last minute for the slot as the Delaware GOP’s candidate for the US Senate. The car is an intriguing surprise to generally cool Delawareans, loudly blasting as it plays Wade speaking of his messages of common sense conservatism mixed with the classic country...
  • There Is A Conservative Wave Coming In November

    09/15/2014 5:46:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    When Barack Obama starts acting like a real American president and promises to destroy our country’s enemies instead of apologizing to them, you know he's worried about the upcoming midterms. He should be. Conservatives are going to win them going away, and it's going to be gloriously devastating to the progressive cause. Get ready to savor the delicious taste of victory. All the signs are there except for one – so far Dick Morris hasn’t predicted a Democrat triumph. That would seal it. It's not so much the polling, which remains tight as long as the people measured are those...
  • New Hampshire Senate race in dead heat

    09/15/2014 6:06:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts who moved to New Hampshire to run in a more friendly environment, appears to be in a dead heat with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a new poll shows. A CNN/ORC International poll out Monday finds Shaheen and Brown tied among likely voters, with both obtaining the support of 48% among 735 voters surveyed. A close race could mean bad news for Democrats, who are struggling to maintain control of the Senate. Keeping the seat in the Democratic column is crucial if the party want to maintain a slim majority in the Senate.
  • Poll: Iowa Senate race is extremely close

    09/14/2014 6:47:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/12/2014 | Dan Merica
    Only one percentage points separates Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst in the race to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. If the election were held today, 49% of likely Iowa voters say they would vote for Braley and 48% say they would support Ernst, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. That means the contentious race is within the survey's overall sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The electorate is far from solidified. Twenty percent of likely voters polled in Iowa said they could change their mind before Election Day in November. The Braley-Ernst race has...
  • Jay Carney: Democrats Will Lose Mid-Terms Decisively

    09/14/2014 6:49:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | September 14, 2014 | Ryan Saylor
    Jay Carney, the former press secretary for President Barack Obama and now a CNN political commentator/analyst, said Sunday (Sept. 14) that 2014′s mid-term elections were going to deliver a crushing blow to members of the president’s Democratic Party.
  • Democrat Mark Pryor struggles to hold Senate seat in Arkansas

    09/13/2014 10:06:31 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies
    MNcClatchy DC ^ | September 8, 2014 | Anita Kumar
    Jay Gadberry has always voted for Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, despite his own moderately conservative leanings. After all, the two attended college together. Pryor even flew back to Arkansas when Gadberry’s oldest daughter was killed in a car accident a few years ago. “There’s no better guy than Mark Pryor,” said Gadberry, the president of a wealth management company in Little Rock. Yet this year Gadberry plans to vote for Pryor’s Republican opponent, freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, because he’s fed up with the federal government, including its new health care law, which he says is “decimating” the economy. Frustrated...
  • Democratic Party Loses Support of Every Group but Black Americans

    09/12/2014 10:36:44 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 46 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 12, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    As the 2014 midterm races heat up Democrats across the nation are faced with the reality that they have lost the confidence of nearly every demographic group who will cast their votes in November. Recent polling indicates that women voters, a long-held Democratic Party constituency now prefer the Republican Party, leaving black Americans as the only group the Democratic Party has not lost the support of. As President Obama has suffered through historically low public support heading into his final election of consequence, he still maintains 89 percent approval ratings among African-Americans, compared to only 38 percent of all likely...
  • Fox News poll: GOP has advantage in upcoming midterm election

    09/11/2014 6:19:26 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | September 11. 2014
    Overall, when asked who they would back if the Congressional election were today, 47 percent of likely voters say the Republican candidate in their district and 40 percent the Democrat. Recent Fox News polls of registered voters have shown a narrow Democratic advantage, although the lead bounced back and forth between the two parties for most of the spring and summer.
  • A Little Clarity in Arkansas as Tom Cotton Opens a Lead

    09/10/2014 12:54:45 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 9/10/14 | Nate Cohn
    There has always been something slightly peculiar about the Republican Party’s designation as the favorite to win the Senate this November. Among the competitive races, it hasn’t had a clear lead in the six states where it needs to win, and it has enjoyed a significant advantage in only three Democratic-held states: in South Dakota, Montana and West Virginia. The Republicans’ advantage has been more about the large number of opportunities across a range of red states, rather than any actual breakthroughs there in which Republicans have taken a big lead. Arkansas could be the first state where the G.O.P....
  • If the Republicans win....

    09/10/2014 7:34:19 AM PDT · by uscga77 · 27 replies
    Vanity
    If the Republicans manage to win the Senate and keep the house, they better remember something. The country did not put them into office because they are madly in love with them. They will win because the Independent folks and some democrats could no longer hold their nose over Obama and the democrats. If they do not make the effort to communicate good conservative principles, their time in office will be only a brief respite from our country's decline. Let's hope not. Let's hope it will be something to build on for 2016.
  • Oregon GOP Senate Candidate Unveils Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

    09/09/2014 3:11:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Kirsten Appleton
    A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon is bucking the GOP by embracing gay marriage in a new campaign ad. The ad, from the campaign of Dr. Monica Wehby who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, prominently features a gay couple — Ben West, of Portland, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 with partner Paul Rummell to overturn Oregon’s same sex-marriage ban that went into effect in 2004. The majority of the Republican Party has opposed gay marriage, making Wehby a maverick in her party.
  • 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 Taylor’s 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...
  • Susana Martinez's Democrat Opponent: She 'Doesn't Have a Latino Heart,' You Know

    09/09/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Guy Benson
    In which New Mexico Democrats' white, male gubernatorial nominee pronounces his Hispanic, female opponent -- whom he's trailing in the polls -- to be insufficiently 'Latino' in her heart, or something (via the Weekly Standard):
  • Nebraska Lt. Gov. Heidemann Resigns Office, Ticket

    09/09/2014 9:35:32 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09/09/2014 | AP
    Nebraska Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigned from office and ended his candidacy Tuesday, one day after a judge granted a protection order to keep him away from his sister, who accused him of assault. Heidemann announced his resignation at the Capitol alongside Gov. Dave Heineman. The Elk Creek farmer also stepped down as the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts. Heidemann said he disagrees with the statements made about him, but decided not to fight to remain in office. "After much thought, discussion and prayer, I have decided that for the good of my family, for the office...
  • North Carolina’s GOP Senate Candidate Won’t Commit To Supporting McConnell

    09/09/2014 6:07:44 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 9/8/14 | Kate Nocera
    WILSON, N.C. — Thom Tillis, the Republican candidate for Senate in North Carolina, wouldn’t commit to supporting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, if both of them win this fall. “I’m not going to look past the most important election and that’s the election in November,” he told BuzzFeed News on Saturday. “I think there are a number of people in Republican caucus who would be great leaders and it would be great for them to be in that position.” He may not be looking past election day, but Tillis did try and lay out part of his vision for the Senate...
  • Which race this November will produce a shocking upset?

    09/08/2014 1:09:01 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 34 replies
    one man's opinion...
    A bunch of just released polls in Senate races show that the GOP is likely to have a very good Election Day. The wave is starting to form...and usually, if it is a wave..there's one or more real surprises..somebody totally unexpected loses..I thought it'd be interesting to see what y'all think might be the upset special(s) on Election Day.
  • Is Durbin in Danger?

    09/07/2014 7:00:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/7/14 | Bruce Walker
    As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting. Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire. Most folks would not have thought that Republican Terri Land had a chance in a blue state like Michigan, but she continues to run close to Peters in the race. Al Franken also cannot pull away in his re-election fight, and all the polls show that race tightening. Surely the trophy in any general election is for one party to knock off a legislative leader of the other party....
  • 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...
  • Obamacare is about to decide the midterms - again

    09/05/2014 6:24:20 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 25,2014 | Joseph Curl
    Here are some numbers, straight from my own checkbook register. In October 2011, before the start of Obamacare, I was paying $386 a month. Yes, fairly reasonable, but less so when you factor in my $10,000 deductible (and two teenage children who keep falling off things). The following October, the premiums rose 23 percent to $474. In October 2013, my monthly rate rose again, nearly 32 percent, to $623. Same exact coverage, just more money. Then, this year, come Sept. 30, my new premiums will be $1,097. That’s a 76 percent increase from the previous year, and, all told, my...
  • Candidates for governor differ on I-95 tolls

    09/05/2014 10:05:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    turnto10.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Bill Rappleye
    PROVIDENCE - Tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge were rejected by popular demand, but a proposed toll on Interstate 95 near the Connecticut border had less opposition. Any toll would need federal government approval, and Rhode Island Public Radio's Ian Donnis asked the Democrats running for governor what they thought of the idea during an NBC 10 live debate Wednesday. "Yes. I think people deserve a straightforward answer. This state should be looking in comprehensive ways," Pell said. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he does not support adding a toll on I-95. "It's a regressive tax that has an impact...
  • Iowa’s love affair with President Obama is over

    09/05/2014 11:46:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/5/2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Iowa is where it all started for President Obama. It's where he won twice in a general election. But he's no longer Mr. Popular there. Obama's average approval rating in Iowa was 38 percent during the first half of the year, according to new data from Gallup, five percentage points below his national average. Since notching a second straight win there in 2012, Obama's numbers have gone steadily downhill, as the following Gallup chart shows... What's also notable is that throughout his first term, Obama's numbers in Iowa were mostly stronger than they were nationwide. That hasn't been the case...
  • Too clever by half: Kansas Democrats may be stuck with Chad Taylor on the Kansas-SEN ticket

    09/04/2014 5:54:30 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/4/14 | Moe Lane
    Let me summarize the Hill article: as of this moment, hastily-withdrawn Chad Taylor is back on the ballot for Kansas’s Senate race. Turns out that state law has very specific criteria for withdrawing from the ballot after the primary – like being dead, or being incapable to do the job. And if it’s the latter, you have to say so. Chad Taylor, in his withdrawal letter, did not. Better and better, even if Taylor is allowed to withdraw then the state Democratic party is obliged to put up a replacement. This puts Democrats in a definite bind. It would seem...
  • Obamacare about to decide the midterms — again

    09/03/2014 7:27:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The @#%& is about to hit the fan. No, not ISIS moving to attack the West, not Russia invading Ukraine, not Ebola coming to America, not the Middle East, not Libya (where al Qaeda — surprise — now rules), not even Ferguson. Health care costs are about to explode — again — and just in time for the 2014 midterm elections. When the supermajority of Democrats in the Senate passed the ironically named Affordable Care Act in 2009, one of the chief requirements of the bill was to force health insurers, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and health care centers to share...
  • Democrat's exit roils Kansas Senate race

    09/03/2014 3:32:16 PM PDT · by sunmars · 77 replies
    Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the Kansas Senate race, according to local reports, complicating Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) reelection fight. ADVERTISEMENT Local outlet Kansas First News is reporting Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney, said he submitted papers to withdraw himself from the ballot at 4:15 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, just 45 minutes before the deadline to exit the race. The race is now a three-way battle between Roberts, independent Greg Orman and libertarian Randall Batson. Now, Taylor’s exit may create more of a headache for Roberts, who has emerged as surprisingly vulnerable in recent weeks, with multiple...
  • Maine is for Paul Lepage!

    09/03/2014 1:53:16 PM PDT · by Atomic Vomit · 21 replies
    self | 9/3/14 | self
    My Aroostook County Maine field sign for 2014.Maine is all in for our Tea Party Guvnah, Paul Lepage! Have a look-see.
  • Why the GOP must capture the Senate

    09/03/2014 5:27:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 9/3/2014 | Lord Monckton
    The coming midterm elections – just weeks away – may yet prove to be the most important in the history of the United States, and of the world. There is a chance – it cannot yet be put any higher than that – that the GOP may recapture control of the Senate. The future of civilization itself may depend upon its succeeding. The threat is real – so real that even to vote “Democrat” comes close to being treason. Lest that statement should sound too extreme, let me explain.
  • Breaking: Battleground poll shows GOP +4 on Congressional ballot, wide intensity gap

    09/03/2014 6:32:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 69 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 3, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Brand new numbers from a fresh Politico/GWU nationwide survey — all of which are among likely voters, with a partisan sample of 41/40/17 (D/R/I): (1) Republicans hold a four-point lead (43/39) on the generic Congressional ballot, a measure that traditionally favors Democrats. Including leaners, the margin is unchanged (46/42). Republicans have a strong edge on this question among independent (+15) and middle class voters (+11). And then there’s this, with all the obvious caveats about the reliability of small sub-samples firmly in place: “In states with a competitive US Senate race, Republicans hold a sixteen point advantage (52%-36%) on this...
  • Univ. of Minnesota Newspaper Makes Excuses for Al Franken After He Declines Campus Debate

    09/03/2014 6:50:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 3, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine the student association at your university wages a Twitter campaign to get the two candidates for the U.S. Senate seat to agree to a debate on campus. The challenger agrees but the incumbent senator declines.. Disappointing? Yes. But guess who the student newspaper on that campus lavishes praise upon? The candidate who declined to debate. How does that happen? When the incumbent senator who declined the debate has the magic "D" next to his name as happened in Minnesota when Al Franken declined the invitation of the student government to debate his opponent. The student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily,...
  • 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, Michigan’s 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 don’t have the luxury of incumbency like Land’s opponent Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI). Package all that together with...
  • Montana Democrats are offering voters “Springtime For Hitler” and hoping for the best

    09/03/2014 9:13:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/3/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When Max Baucus, the long serving Democrat Senator from Montana, suddenly stepped aside leaving Democrats no one to take his place they thought their problem was fixed with John Walsh. As Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard and State Lieutenant Governor he seemed like a great pick to hold the Baucus seat. That scenario fell apart when Walsh was exposed as just another phony Democrat. The New York Times revealed that he had plagiarized his pitifully brief Army War College Master’s thesis. After some agonizing about what lie might work to fix the problem and send him to Washington...
  • 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 Call’s latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana’s 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 Senate’s most vulnerable incumbent. The Democrat is pushing hard to eclipse...
  • Dems in near-panic over Senate

    09/02/2014 6:24:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 59 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/2/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Schadenfreude, taking in pleasure in others’ suffering, is a nasty emotion, one I take no pride in confessing as I watch Democrats attempting to dodge responsibility for foisting Barack Obama upon us. Nevertheless, it is certainly satisfying to see Dems scurry away from Obama as he visits their states. Adam Edelman in the New York Daily News:
  • 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 “eric” would call “the activist game”). Which is more than I can say for most of the GOP.And although I’m not all that familiar with Sessions, so far I’ve very much liked what he has to say about the illegal immigration/alien crisis.Sessions did something rather extraordinary yesterday. He helped to unite the warring Republicans behind a bill that actually seemed reasonable, and he did it in record time. But perhaps more...
  • Ted Cruz wants to make the 2014 election a referendum on ‘amnesty’

    09/02/2014 9:14:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 2 at 10:48 AM | Chris Cillizza
    In a fiery speech over the weekend to an Americans for Prosperity gathering in Texas, Ted Cruz made one thing absolutely clear: He'd love to have the 2014 midterms be decided on the issue of immigration."President Obama has made a decision to make this election in 2014 a national referendum on amnesty," Cruz said in reference to an expected executive order on immigration from the White House. "If you support amnesty, vote Democrat. If you oppose amnesty, throw Harry Reid out."Cruz went on: And every Democrat in the Senate who stood with Harry Reid blocking legislation to stop the amnesty,...
  • Halfway House: GOP falling short in midterms

    09/02/2014 11:31:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/02/2014 | By ALEX ISENSTADT
    Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen top strategists from both parties about their outlook for the House in the midterms, and their assessment was nearly unanimous: Republicans are on track to expand their majority by only five or six seats, or roughly half their goal. The conversations covered everything from advertising strategies to fundraising to polling. A small gain would again leave Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) largely beholden to the...
  • The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators(Landrieu #1)

    09/02/2014 3:14:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Rollcall ^ | September 1, 2014
    With the elections just two months away, Democratic incumbents overall have run strong-enough campaigns to ensure the fight for the Senate majority remains a tossup — despite a playing field tilted heavily in the GOP’s direction. Republicans, who need a net gain of six seats to take control of the chamber, are expected to get halfway there by picking up the open seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. Its open-seat opportunities don’t stop there, but the GOP will likely need to defeat at least two sitting senators to win the majority.
  • Cruz’s 2014 GOP Victory Plan

    09/01/2014 9:23:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014 | SARAH RUMPF
    DALLAS, Texas — Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke at the Defending the American Dream Summit organized by Americans for Prosperity. The eighth annual Summit was the largest in the event’s history, with over three thousand attendees, and Cruz’s popularity with the conservative crowd was obvious. Like Governor Rick Perry’s speech at the Summit, Cruz’s speech was enthusiastically received by the audience and received multiple standing ovations. AFP President Tim Phillips introduced Cruz as “one of our favorite United States Senators,” praising him as someone who “doesn’t just take the fight to the left… when it’s required, he stands up...
  • Will 2014 be the year that Jews support the GOP?

    08/31/2014 4:37:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    This is a perennial question which has flummoxed Republican strategists for years and continues to defy conventional political logic and planning. While it is impossible – and politically perilous – to attempt to take any American demographic group and treat them as a homogenous block, on the major issues of the day one would think that the GOP would be a natural fit for the majority of American Jews. When you look, in particular, at which party provides the staunchest support for Israel, there really is no comparison. A host of other topics appear to be a good fit as...
  • 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 is…not 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 Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • Mary Burke won't appear with Obama at holiday rally

    08/29/2014 7:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Scott Bauer
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won't take the stage with President Barack Obama when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, marking the second presidential visit to Wisconsin that will pass without Burke's involvement. Both Burke and Obama will be at the "Laborfest" celebration of organized labor that attracts thousands to the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, but Burke will be meeting privately with the president and not speaking, said her spokesman Joe Zepecki on Thursday. Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker's campaign, said Burke was ducking Obama because his approval ratings have dipped below 50 percent in...
  • President Obama to visit RI for fundraising event

    08/29/2014 6:52:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    WPRI-TV ^ | 8/29/14 | Angie Angers
    Rhode Island is finishing preparations Friday morning for a visit from President Barack Obama. Obama is expected to headline three events in the northeast on Friday. Two are scheduled in Westchester County, New York, and the third is set for Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Republicans fire first in Arizona governor's race

    08/29/2014 6:25:50 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 2 replies
    Bonneville Phoenix Network KTAR News ^ | August 28, 2014 @ 7:02 am | Associated Press
    PHOENIX -- Democrat Fred DuVal faced his first attack ad Wednesday as the general election contest in the Arizona governor's race kicked off in earnest.
  • Rick Scott outpolled Charlie Crist in primaries: Does that have future meaning?

    08/29/2014 6:15:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Naples News ^ | 8/27/14 | Matt Dixon
    ....victories, and the real contest — the general election — begins now. Though Crist won the primary easily, the numbers weren’t all positive for his camp. He received 622,986 votes, 211,408 fewer than Scott got in his Republican primary. Overall, more than 114,000 more Republicans than Democrats cast ballots statewide....
  • How The 2014 Obama Coup Will Unfold

    08/28/2014 4:36:40 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 372 replies
    8/28/2014 | Laz A. Mataz
    This is exactly how this will play out: The shutdown WILL occur on Oct 1. No noticeable effects for a while. On or about October 15, Obama will pull the plug on the EBT cards and blame Republicans. From October 15 - November 1st, increasing levels of riots will occur in major cities. The entire time, Obama and the Propaganda Corps (ABC NBC CBS CNN NYT) will blame it on the shutdown and on Republicans. November 1st through 7th, Obama will demand Democrats get to the polls to restore government services. Democrats will turn out in numbers never seen before...
  • Finding Al Franken

    08/28/2014 3:13:46 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 28, 2014
    The comedian-turned-senator is running an unusually low-key reelection campaign, trying to avoid scrutiny. Will Republicans get the last laugh?In reality, polls from both parties show Franken with only a tenuous advantage over his challenger, Republican businessman Mike McFadden. President Obama's job-approval numbers are weak in Minnesota, with a Suffolk University poll conducted in April revealing a 43 percent rating. The same survey shows Franken polling at 44 percent against McFadden, with his net favorability at 46 percent/41 percent. (A robo-poll, conducted this week by SurveyUSA, showed Franken up 51 percent to 42 percent, with a 56 percent approval rating.) But...
  • Tea party voters could dump Mitch McConnell just by staying home

    08/28/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 145 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 8/28/14 | David Horsey
    he dilemma facing the true grass-roots tea party believers -- the dilemma they do not acknowledge -- is that their primary goal of whittling and whacking away at big government undercuts their secondary goal of saving the middle class from the greedy grip of big corporations.. If Democrats have a unifying philosophy, it is that government needs to be effective enough to curtail the economic and environmental abuses of unfettered capitalism. Republicans, on the other hand, preach the dogma that smaller government and unrestricted corporate power serves the best interests of the common man and woman. The tea party folks...
  • What’s the matter with Kansas?; Republicans are in trouble in a supposedly "wave" election year

    08/27/2014 7:38:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have reason to hope for a wave election in 2014, with Barack Obama’s approval ratings sinking to a six-year floor and Democrats defending several red-state Senate seats. That wave hasn’t washed ashore in Kansas, which one would normally expect to be reliably Republican in the current environment. Republicans even have incumbents running for both the gubernatorial and Senate seats, which should make it an easy hold. According to a new Survey USA poll, though, it looks like both Republican incumbents are in trouble: Despite primary wins 3 weeks ago for both top-ticket incumbent Kansas Republicans – Governor Sam...