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  • Mike Flynn Tries to Jump From Pundit to Politician in Illinois

    07/02/2015 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lisa Hagen
    July 1, 2015 Mike Flynn has published about a million and a half words on politics and policy. Now, he's trying to put them into practice. Last month, Flynn, an editor for the conservative Breitbart News, announced his bid for the special election to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock in Illinois. The former columnist and founding editor of the Big Government blog decided to make his first run for political office after the scandal-tarred Schock's resignation, arguing that his role in the media prepared him for office. "My position is long-known, established, and out there, and I think that's something...
  • ‘Gone with the Wind’ should be ‘consigned to museums,’ N.Y. Post film critic says

    07/01/2015 3:46:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 25, 2015 | Douglas Ernst -
    The national debate over the Confederate flag has now turned toward Scarlett O’Hara. New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick said Wednesday that Americans should think about relegating the 1939 classic “Gone with Wind” to a museum. “If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism, what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture?” Mr. Lumenick asked. “I’m talking, of course, about ‘Gone with the Wind,’ which won a then-record eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1939, and still ranks as the...
  • 'Dukes of Hazzard' Star Rips TV Land for Dropping Show: (because it shows Confederate flag)

    07/01/2015 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 1, 2015 | Paul Bond
    John Schneider is blasting TV Land for its decision to erase from its schedule — due its depiction of the Confederate flag — reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard, the wholesome show that made the actor a teen idol in the 1980s. “The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality,” Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. TV Land confirmed Wednesday that it pulled the show in the aftermath of the June 17 shooting in Charleston, S.C. perpetrated by Dylann Roof, who was a fan...
  • California: Running On Empty

    06/30/2015 4:09:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 57 replies
    VictorDavisHanson.com ^ | June 23, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Domestic and agricultural wells are going dry all over Central California, especially in the corridors south of Fresno to the Grapevine, along the Sierra Nevada foothills, and out west of the 99 Freeway — anywhere there is not a deep aquifer. I have never seen anything quite like this water madness in 60 years, as families scrimp and borrow to drill, or simply move to town to take advantage of municipal wells. I have developed a habit as I drive to work to Stanford of counting the abandoned homes I see west of Highway 41 (sort of like counting those...
  • The Right to be Free From Guns (BS alert)

    06/25/2015 3:38:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 25, 2015 | E.J. Dionne
    My friend Guy Molyneux, a progressive pollster, laid out how it could happen. "We need to build a social movement devoted to the simple proposition that owning handguns makes us less safe, not more," he told me. "The evidence is overwhelming that having a gun in your home increases the risks of suicide, domestic violence and fatal accidents, and yet the number one reason given for gun purchases is 'personal safety.' We need a public health campaign on the dangers of gun ownership, similar to the successful efforts against smoking and drunk driving."
  • Kay Hagan Won’t Challenge Richard Burr in 2016

    06/24/2015 4:05:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | June 23, 2015 | Emily Cahn and Niels Lesniewski
    Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will not be mounting a challenge to her former GOP colleague, Sen. Richard M. Burr. Hagan, who was defeated by Thom Tillis in 2014, has been making calls to inform donors she will not be running for the seat that comes up in 2016, two sources familiar with the calls told Roll Call. While Hagan’s statewide name recognition and relatively strong performance in a year that saw Republicans sweep into the Senate majority would have made her a top challenger to Burr, a national Democratic strategist said there are plenty of Democrats who could...
  • Harry Sidhu, Republican of Anaheim, to run for 68th district State Assembly

    06/17/2015 5:45:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    Nriinternet ^ | -January 29, 2015
    Republican businessman Harry Sidhu announced today that he will be a candidate for the State Assembly in the 68th district, which is currently held by Assemblyman Don Wagner. “I fully expect Assemblyman Wagner to be successful in his campaign for State Senate, which means the 68th district Special Election will be this year,” said Sidhu. “I am honored that so many community leaders I respect have asked me to run for the Assembly when the seat opens up. If elected, I will use my experience in business and local government to work for conservative policies that help create economic growth...
  • Senate 2016: the 10 hottest races

    06/16/2015 3:10:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 72 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 10, 2015 | Linda Feldmann
    Here’s a rundown of the hottest races:
  • Why Republicans Need Bush To Run In 2016 (BS alert)

    06/16/2015 3:00:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 16, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    This time, it’s different. This time the party has a candidate who does represent a proxy for those eight years, and at a safe enough remove from the worst of 2008 that the process of reconsidering those years can now be a much kinder and gentler process for Republican primary voters. The younger candidates in the field don’t have to run all that hard against W. (or maybe even Jeb) to win, and voters don’t have to be made hate him. It’s as if you could find a diet cleanse that actually worked – no heavy duty medicine, no chemo...
  • Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers drops bid for U.S. Senate

    06/16/2015 2:51:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    The Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | John L. Smith
    Now that Harry Reid has announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate, there’s no shortage of elected officials interested in the job. But Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers won’t be one of them. Beers, a fiscal conservative who announced his candidacy more than a year ago, has decided not to run in 2016. “When I announced my candidacy more than a year ago, Harry Reid was actively running for re-election and I was the only Republican office holder in the state with the courage to run against him,” Beers said in a message on his website early Monday evening....
  • Blum Says Others Will Support Him If Republicans Don’t

    06/15/2015 4:30:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | June 12, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Republicans are on defense this cycle, needing to protect more than a dozen districts in Democratic-leaning territory after the 2014 GOP wave. And Blum’s is one of the most challenging of the bunch to hold onto, as President Barack Obama carried it by a 14-point margin in 2012. With a daunting map in front of them, some Iowa Republican operatives said Blum’s vote against Boehner provides the NRCC with cover to not waste resources on a race that would be difficult to win. “He’s an outlier; he’s an anomaly,” one Iowa Republican operative unaffiliated with the race said of Blum’s...
  • GOP lawmaker says ‘50-50’ chances he will run for Reid's Senate seat

    06/10/2015 3:14:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The HIll ^ | June 10, 2015 | Martin Matishak -
    Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) says there's a “50-50” chance he will run for retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) seat. “I’d leave it at 50-50 for now,” he told The Hill on Wednesday. “We’re still considering it. I’ve got to have a discussion with my family, and hopefully we’ll come to a decision soon.” Heck, a one-star general in the U.S. Army Reserves who chairs a House Armed Services Committee subpanel, received a major boost Tuesday when Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said he wouldn’t seek the open seat. Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison (R), former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki...
  • Eldridge Says He Won’t Run For Congress Again

    06/06/2015 11:57:55 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    New York State Politics ^ | June 4, 2015 | Nick Reisman
    With Eldridge bowing out, Democrats have some options among local officials, including Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. Former state Sen. Terry Gipson has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. On the Republican side, Gibson is expected to retire at the end of his current term as he considers a run for statewide office in 2018, most likely for governor. Republicans mentioned to replace Gibson in Congress include Assemblyman Peter Lopez, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
  • Ex-Rep. Hill is first Dem to jump into Indiana Senate race

    06/05/2015 2:58:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) on Wednesday became the first Democrat to enter the race to replace retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) in Indiana.

 In a statement posted on Medium, Hill played up his blue-collar roots and deep ties to the Hoosier State. He struck a populist tone in vowing to be a fighter for the Middle Class against the moneyed interests he said control Washington. 

“We can either put our heads in the sand, or we can fight to restore the American Dream, the middle class, and what’s great about Indiana,” Hill said. “I know we can do better,...
  • Possible Primary Brewing in Michigan’s 1st District

    06/02/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 14, 2015 | Simone Pathé
    It’s not just Democrats considering a challenge to Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, who plans to run for a fourth term after pledging to serve only three. Several Republicans in the state were mentioned as potential primary challengers to the 1st District incumbent. State Rep. Peter Pettalia had been encouraged to run before Benishek announced his intent to seek another term, and “that talk hasn’t stopped” since, Pettalia told CQ Roll Call. The legislator declined to say which “supporting groups” have reached out to him. But, as a “loyal Republican,” Pettalia noted he’d have to give “deep thought” to challenging a...
  • State Rep. Scott Petri considers run for Congress (Pennsylvania)

    05/28/2015 3:48:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Bucks County Courier Times ^ | May 28, 2015 | Gary Weckselblatt
    State Rep. Scott Petri has formed an exploratory committee as he considers running for the 8th District congressional seat currently held by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Petri, a seven-term Republican representing the 178th state House district, said he has been “quite humbled” by the number of people “encouraging me” to seek a seat in the U.S. House. Fitzpatrick, a Republican, has pledged to limit himself to four terms, which would take him out of the running for 2016.
  • Tea party favorite Elizabeth Scott first in line to challenge DelBene

    05/28/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Everett Herald ^ | , May 28, 2015 | Jerry Cornfield
    One of Snohomish County’s most conservative Republican lawmakers has quietly begun a campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene. State Rep. Elizabeth Scott of Monroe filed paperwork May 21 with the Federal Election Commission to become a candidate and start collecting contributions. Scott is in her second term in the Legislature and seemed assured of re-election next year if she chose to stay in Olympia. Now it appears she wants to serve in Congress, though she had made no formal campaign announcement as of Wednesday. Scott did not return phone calls.
  • Heck Close to Senate Bid

    05/21/2015 4:07:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    Congressional Quarterly Politics ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later. Heck would be a top recruit for Republicans looking to take the seat being vacated by Sen. Harry Reid. The congressman had initially said he would not run, but recently declared he was reconsidering. According to the source, Heck said in a recent conversation he had not yet made a final decision, but he was close to making...
  • What Happens If Coffman Says No (CO Senate race)

    05/21/2015 4:02:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    Congressional Quarterly Politics ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexis Levinson
    Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016. Coffman will have breakfast Thursday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will surely make the case to convince the four-term lawmaker to try and join him across the rotunda. Asked about recruitment efforts, Coffman quipped, “Pressure, pressure, pressure.” Coffman is taking his time. He told CQ Roll Call a decision...
  • Lou Correa (D) Announces For 46th Congressional District

    05/19/2015 5:40:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    The Anaheim Blog ^ | May 14, 2015 | Matthew Cunningham
    Rep. Loretta Sanchez’ candidacy for U.S. Senate was only a few minutes old when former state Sen. Lou Correa was making it known at the Sanchez event that he was running for her now-open congressional seat, the 46th. No surprise here: according to Democratic insiders, Correa has been raising money and putting a campaign together for several weeks in anticipation of a Sanchez run to U.S. Senate.
  • Guinta plans to serve constituents amid donation questions

    05/19/2015 5:34:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015
    U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta said Monday he'll remain in office despite calls from fellow Republicans that he resign after the Federal Election Commission found he broke the law by accepting campaign donations from his parents. In 2010, Guinta reported lending himself $355,000 and amended a disclosure form to add a previously unreported bank account, prompting questions from his Republican primary rivals and Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter, whom he defeated. Over the years, Guinta, who lost to Shea-Porter in 2012 but reclaimed the seat in November, flatly denied the money came from his parents or was an illegal campaign donation. But...
  • The top 10 Senate races of 2016, ranked

    05/02/2015 10:35:39 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2015 | Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza
    We are now four full months into the 2016 election cycle, and the battle for the Senate is starting to take shape. Retirements in California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland and Nevada have set up open-seat contests -- though only two of them are considered top-tier races. And with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) gearing up for reelection and saving Republicans major headaches in the process, we have a pretty good idea of where the battleground races will be. The biggest question from here is recruiting. Republicans have big holes to fill in the two competitive open seats, in...
  • Laura Capps Won’t Seek Mother’s Seat in California

    04/29/2015 4:06:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 27, 2015 | Emily Cahn
    Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps. The younger Capps, a Democratic political operative and nonprofit consultant, had long been viewed as a potential successor in the Santa Barbara-based 24th District. “I’ve decided that now is not the right time for me, Bill and our four year-old-son, and I will not be seeking election to Congress in 2016,” Laura Capps said in a statement. “I have great respect for members of Congress who have young families, and hope there will be more of them, but a cross-country...
  • The Mystery of a Possible Florida Senate Candidate

    04/27/2015 4:53:48 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | April 27, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    A handful of Republicans are currently being mentioned as possible Senate candidates for the Florida seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination. Former Rep. Bill McCollum, who has run repeatedly (and often unsuccessfully) for statewide office, is mentioned, as are a handful of House members, including Rep. Ron DeSantis, a tea party favorite. Perhaps the most interesting, or at least unusual, candidate for the Republican nomination is the state’s current lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a former Florida House member (and majority leader) and Miami-Dade County property appraiser. What makes Lopez-Cantera, who was appointed...
  • Poll: Lee Would Top Matheson in 2016 (Utah poll)

    04/11/2015 1:38:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | April 9, 2015
    Sen. Mike Lee would have quite the fight on his hands if he were to face off against former Rep. Jim Matheson in 2016. The latest UtahPolicy.com shows 48% of Utahns would support Lee while 42% would back Matheson. 10% are undecided. Matheson's electoral calculus has always been the same in heavily Republican Utah. Win a majority of Democrats, pick off some Republicans and get a majority of the independent vote. The survey shows Matheson would win 87% of Democrats, 20% of Republicans and 57% of independents. He would likely need to increase the numbers among Republican and independent voters...
  • Cop who shot at unarmed black man 8 times in the back could face death penalty, life in prison

    04/08/2015 1:56:00 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 93 replies
    Fusion ^ | April 7, 2015 | Daniel Rivero
    A white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina has been charged with murder after video emerged of him shooting an unarmed black man in the back while he was trying to run away, reports the Charleston Post and Courier. The two had been involved in a scuffle. The man, 50-year-old Walter Scott, died Saturday after Patrolman 1st Class Michael Slager, 33, shot at him eight times, though it is not immediately clear how many shots hit him. Scott had been stopped for a broken tail light, and he ran from police “because he owed child support,” said his family,...
  • Indiana’s Libertarian Moment

    04/08/2015 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2014 | William McGurn
    The reigning assumption, of course, is that the law Gov. Mike Pence signed and then gutted after the media unleashed its fury is now exacerbating the rift between business- and libertarian-inclined Republicans who favor same-sex marriage and the social conservatives who oppose it. But is it? The reality suggests the opposite. Today the strongest arguments for protecting the right of, say, an evangelical Christian baker to decline baking a cake for a gay wedding are not coming from religious leaders or social conservatives. They are coming from libertarians, many if not most of whom themselves support same-sex marriage.
  • Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Sen.

    04/04/2015 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 3, 2015 | Adam Smith
    Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has been working the phones in recent days, telling Republicans activists and donors that he intends to run for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination and wants their support. With incubent Sen. Marco Rubio expected to announce his candidacy for president April 13, Atwater is gearing up for what could be a tough primary for a rare open senate seat. Other Republican prospects include Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis,R- Ponte Vedra Beach. Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter has already announced his candidacy.
  • The Left wages total war and then plays victim

    04/01/2015 3:21:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 31, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    On one side is the CEO of the world's largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few bakers. One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to live their own lives according to their consciences. Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream press paint the current...
  • How to make America greater than any nation in history

    04/01/2015 2:57:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    April Fools Day
    The following steps need to be taken if the U.S. is going to achieve its best days. 1.) Universal white male guilt 2.) Free abortions for all women 3.) Gay marriage 4.) Trans-gender optional restrooms 5.) Reparations for Politically Correct victims groups. One last thing before you respond. Do you know what today is? That's right- HAPPY APRIL FOOLS' DAY!!!!!
  • DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana

    03/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 2, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team...
  • Democrats’ Identity Crisis Is Spilling Into Their Senate Races

    03/28/2015 12:43:25 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Josh Kraushaar
    Congressional races often serve as a leading indicator of what the future holds at the top of the ticket. And already, there are several primaries that would pit the Democratic Party's pragmatic liberal wing against the true-blue progressives. Democrats may not end up with significantly more contested primaries than in the past, but the ideological stakes will be higher. The battles are shaping up to be over core issues splitting the party: entitlements, support for Israel, national security, and others. The intraparty divisions that President Obama has suppressed and Hillary Clinton has avoided will be litigated down the ballot, and...
  • Meet the Woman Harry Reid Wants to Replace Him in the Senate

    03/28/2015 12:35:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Andrea Drusch
    Harry Reid's favored candidate to keep his Senate seat in the Democratic column is in many ways a stark contrast with himself: a Latina prosecutor who has only run one competitive political race in her career. Yet Democrats are abuzz about former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who Reid essentially endorsed Friday. She won both of her campaigns for attorney general—including one in 2010 that she rendered basically uncompetitive—by more than 15 percentage points and has family lineage in state politics. Reid worked during his Senate career to promote change within his state party as its electorate grew more...
  • Decision 2014 – Behind the defeat of Mary Landrieu

    12/22/2014 4:36:37 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    Win With JMC ^ | December 22, 2014
    After three terms of service, Senator Mary Landrieu was defeated in the December runoff 56-44%. While pundits attributed her defeat to the unpopularity of President Obama in Louisiana, the seeds of her defeat were sown long before that. Senator Landrieu’s fundamental problem was that she had a low ceiling of support – in the three election cycles (1996, 2002, and 2008) she was on the ballot before 2014, she never received more than 52% of the vote. And a closer examination of her 2008 vote revealed she was on shaky grounds even before Barack Obama was inaugurated as President in...
  • Will Diversity Destroy The Left?

    12/20/2014 2:20:15 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 19, 2014 | Jonathan Bronitsky
    For the proud liberal, a quick thought experiment—or, rather, litmus test. Is the following group diverse? Four college students: one white, one black, one Asian, and one Hispanic. “Yes, of course,” you reply. But what if I were to also note that these young adults hail from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Stamford, Connecticut; Brentwood, California; and Highland Park, Texas—towns located within what political scientist Charles Murray termed “SuperZips,” ZIP codes that rank highest based on a combination of income and education? Specifically, all four of our hypothetical subjects grew up in spacious suburban homes. They took tennis and golf lessons at...
  • Next Up in America: The Liberal Retreat

    12/20/2014 2:06:32 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    The American Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    The Obama administration may represent “Peak Left” in American politics. As a result, what we are getting from the left these days is a mix of bewilderment and anger as it realizes that this is as good as it gets.
  • The One-Term Caucus? Top House Targets in 2016

    12/16/2014 4:17:43 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 18, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    They haven’t even been sworn in yet, but these members start off the cycle as underdogs in their quests for re-election in 2016. Most of 2016′s initial targets are incoming Republicans, swept into office in a GOP midterm wave. They will represent districts Democrats carried with big margins in presidential election years — seats the newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján will probably want back. Only one vulnerable Democrat made this list. What’s more, the window for either party to oust these freshman could close quickly. It’s easier to defeat an incumbent in their first re-election,...
  • California quake (Barbara Boxer retirement announcement expected soon)

    12/09/2014 3:35:40 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | December 8, 2014 | Alex Isenstadt
    A parade of ambitious California public figures, who’ve spent years itching for a shot at the state’s top political offices, are anticipating a shake-up of the state’s political hierarchy that could begin in a matter of weeks with the possible retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. And some big names — including the mayor of Los Angeles — are already sizing up possible bids to succeed her. Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of...
  • MSNBC Panelist: "We Live In A Culture That Hates Women" (yeah, right)

    12/06/2014 11:32:07 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 65 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 6, 2014
    CHLOE ANGYAL, FEMINISTING.COM: I have to thank you, Sabrina, for writing this. I think you've done a tremendous act of public service, and I'm genuinely very, very grateful. It is hard to read an article like this and avoid the conclusion that we live in a culture that hates women, just hates us. It's hard to read an article like this and conclude that the men in this culture, the boys and men in this culture, are raised to see women as not just less than them but in some cases as less than human.
  • Louisiana Senate Runoff: Cassidy (R) 56%, Landrieu (D) 40

    12/06/2014 11:25:39 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 48 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | December 5, 2014
    Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy still holds a double-digit lead over incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu going into tomorrow’s Louisiana Senate runoff. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Louisiana Voters shows Cassidy leading Landrieu by 16 points – 56% to 40%. Four percent (4%) are still undecided.
  • Republicans seem poised to expand Senate majority with Louisiana race

    12/04/2014 1:29:06 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 4, 2014 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    Republicans appear poised to expand their Senate majority with a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday that would cap big wins for their party in the Nov. 4 midterm elections. Republican Representative Bill Cassidy is running against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, the top Democrat on the Senate Energy Committee, and has a comfortable lead in polls. If he wins, he would be the ninth Republican to capture a previously Democratic seat. His victory would give Republicans 54 seats in the 100-member Senate, enough for a majority but not the 60 seats needed to avoid the tactical blocking procedure known as...
  • The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On

    12/02/2014 3:49:55 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2, 2014 | Claire Cain Miller
    But here is the thing: It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held. Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since. Photo About 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s...
  • Republicans closing in on ninth Senate pickup in Louisiana

    11/29/2014 10:11:20 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    The Republican Party stands on the brink of putting an exclamation point on its hugely successful midterm election with the GOP challenger for U.S. Senate in Louisiana well-positioned to dislodge the Democratic incumbent in a runoff election early next month. A Dec. 6 win by front-running Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) over Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) would give Senate Republicans their ninth pickup and stretch their advantage in the chamber to 54-46 over Democrats when the new Congress is sworn in next year. It would also serve as yet another setback for a once dominant party now in steep decline in...
  • Rep. Bill Cassidy criticizes Sen. Mary Landrieu over Keystone pipeline

    11/24/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 21, 2014
    |Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, who's running for Senate, says his opponent, Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, has failed to advance an oil pipeline that would benefit Louisiana.
  • Barber asks secretary of state to count votes (AZ)

    11/22/2014 11:33:17 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    ABC Channel 15 News ^ | November 22, 2014
    Democratic Rep. Ron Barber is asking the Arizona secretary of state to count about 156 additional ballots from voters who say they are eligible to vote. Barber's campaign on Friday sent the request, along with 156 signed declarations from southern Arizona voters whose provisional ballots and unsigned early ballot envelopes were rejected, to Secretary of State Ken Bennett. The votes could trim the 161 vote lead now held by Republican Martha McSally. McSally has declared victory but Barber's campaign is pushing for every last vote to be counted. The race will undergo a mandatory recount of more than 220,000 ballots...
  • Ose Concedes in Expensive Congressional Race (CA)

    11/22/2014 11:24:35 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 54 replies
    Fox News Channel 40 ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ian MacDonald
    Republican Doug Ose has conceded in the race for California’s 7th Congressional District, the most expensive congressional race in the country this election. “Let me begin by saying that I celebrate the fact that our institutions and our laws provide us a system whereby elections can be peacefully resolved. I congratulate Congressman Bera on his victory,” Ose said in a written statement. Rep. Ami Bera’s lead more than doubled in a week, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the Sacramento County Registrar.
  • GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    11/17/2014 5:48:58 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | MELINDA DESLATTE -
    Republicans have promised Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate’s energy committee if he defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana’s runoff election next month, potentially undercutting one of her main arguments for re-election. Landrieu has repeatedly touted the importance of her seat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in her campaign for a fourth term representing a state with a robust oil and gas industry. on Twitter
  • Can Republicans hold on to Senate majority in 2016? There’s reason for doubt.

    11/15/2014 11:00:16 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 76 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2014 | Chris Cillizza,, Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
    Congratulations, Republicans! You won the Senate majority! Now, can you hold on to it for more than two years? Looking at the 2016 Senate map, there’s reason for doubt. Republicans will have to defend 24 seats, compared with 10 for Democrats. And the raw numbers don’t even tell the whole story. Seven seats held by Republicans — Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were carried by President Obama in 2008 and 2012. And there is chatter about potential Republican retirements in Arizona and Iowa. If either John McCain or Chuck Grassley decided to call it a...
  • Sen. Harry M. Reid sees dissent but holds onto Democratic leadership role

    11/15/2014 10:51:59 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2014 | Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe
    Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid faced the first internal opposition to his grip on power Thursday as at least six Democrats rejected his bid for another leadership term during an emotional meeting following last week’s drubbing in the midterm elections. Quelling a small but vocal rebellion, Reid (D-Nev.) won reelection to another term atop the caucus, now as minority leader after eight years in the majority. But his victory came only after a 31 / 2-hour meeting that became a forum for political grievances and a rollout of an expanded leadership team meant to balance the caucus’s ideological and...
  • No Guarantee Democrats Rebound in 2016

    11/12/2014 4:46:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 12, 2014 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    After suffering heavy losses in the House and the Senate in the recent midterm elections, some congressional Democrats may breathe a sigh of relief now that President Barack Obama is entering his final two years in office. But the approaching end of the Obama Administration doesn’t mean Obama won’t be a factor in 2016 and, figuratively, on the ballot, again. In 2006, Republicans lost 31 House seats and six Senate seats, as well as majorities in both chambers. GOP strategists understood voters were sending their party a message. But they also took some solace that unpopular President George W. Bush...