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  • Congressman Fred Upton and Jack Hoogendyk to have second debate July 3 on WKZO

    06/14/2012 5:54:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | June 11, 2012 | Fritz Klug
    Jack Hoogendyk and Fred Upton will have a second debate on July 3 on WKZO 590 AM. The live broadcast will begin at 3 p.m. and last for an hour, according to Upton.
  • Kelly Won't Challenge Barber in November (AZ update)

    06/14/2012 5:19:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Hotline ^ | June 14, 2012 | Scott Bland
    Two days after losing the special election for Gabrielle Giffords's old House seat, Republican Jesse Kelly has decided to forego a run for Arizona's new 2nd Congressional District this fall. "Looking at the results from Tuesday, we have decided to withdraw from the race for Congress in AZ-02 and to seek other opportunities," Kelly said in a statement Thursday."I will forever be thankful to our generous supporters and volunteers." Kelly's withdrawal vaults Air Force veteran Martha McSally to front-runner status for the GOP nomination in the new district. McSally finished second behind Kelly in the special Republican primary earlier this...
  • Close race is unfolding in 4th Congressional District (Nevada primary)

    06/12/2012 9:47:46 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 12, 2012 | Anjeanette Damon
    Republicans Barbara Cegavske and Danny Tarkanian are locked in a down-to-the-wire battle for the nomination in Nevada’s newest congressional district, according to early voting tallies. The count is poised to stretch late into the night with fewer than 100 votes separating the two front-runners. Cegavske, a conservative state senator, relied on a targeted voter identification campaign that could make a difference in the low-turnout primary election. Tarkanian, a Las Vegas lawyer and businessman, has staked his political future on this campaign, saying he likely wouldn’t be able to run again after four straight losses — a record his opponents used...
  • West: Jobs Data Will Make Obama Fight 'Like a Cat in a Corner'

    06/03/2012 1:39:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 2, 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Friday’s dismal jobs report will back President Barack Obama into a corner and make him a “desperate person” with the election now five months away, says Florida Rep. Allen West. “When you’re a desperate person — much the same as a cat being cornered – you’re going to come out and really fight even stronger,” predicted West in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV shortly after the Labor Department reported that U.S. employers had created only 69,000 jobs in May. Watch our exclusive interview. (VIDEO AT LINK) That figure is the lowest in a year and led to the unemployment rate...
  • Bennett plans write-in for 11th Congressional seat (Michigan alert)

    06/03/2012 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    WLNS Channel 6 ^ | June 1, 2012
    A former state senator from Canton Township wants the 11th Congressional District seat currently belonging to Republican Thaddeus McCotter. Republican Loren Bennett tells the Detroit Free Press Friday that he is planning to run as a write-in candidate. He was in the Michigan Senate from 1995 to 2002.
  • Congressman Fred Upton and challenger Jack Hoogendyk to debate June 10

    06/02/2012 4:37:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | June 01, 2012 | Fritz Klug
    Congressman Fred Upton and challenger Jack Hoogendyk will debate in Kalamazoo on June 10. The debate will take place at Western Michigan University's Schneider Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette and WMUK (102.1 FM). During the debate, the candidates will discuss the state of the economy, energy, health care, government spending, and how the candidate would help the 6th District. Each candidate will make opening and closing statements. Hoogendyk's campaign manager Steven Mobley said Friday that the campaign still wants to have a total of six debates in the district before the Aug....
  • The New Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin: She's back in the political endorsement game for 2012

    06/01/2012 12:15:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newser ^ | May 29, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    Politico has discovered the Sarah Palin of 2012, and it's: Sarah Palin. Though the years since 2008 have seen her wild popularity and seeming omnipresence fade, she's edging back into the 2012 election with a string of successful endorsements. She's made four so far, and two have won their respective primary races; the other two races have yet to be decided. For comparison: Rick Santorum has also been making endorsements, "to no great effect," Politico notes. If Palin's picks continue to do well, she can use her success as evidence of her continued influence. "There is a vacuum on the...
  • Stronger, Faster, Better? Tea Party Grooms A New Breed Of Candidate

    05/31/2012 9:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 31, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    The tea party says it’s growing up — and so are the candidates it chooses. In 2010, the tea party vs. establishment showdowns that took place in GOP primaries were often a messy process marked by prominent tea party candidates drawing national attention for all the wrong reasons. In 2012, it has shown signs of fine-tuning — many of the tea party insurgents who are taking on the mainstream have a much better chance of winning. And that, says one prominent tea party group, is by design. The lessons of 2010 are still fresh. Though some of the tea party’s...
  • Barney Frank: The President Has Really Turned Around The ‘Mess of The Economy’

    05/31/2012 8:49:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 31, 2012 | Becket Adams
    During an interview with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) discussed everything from the Trayvon Martin shooting, to gay marriage, to his upcoming retirement. And while none of these are surprising for this congressman to talk about, the eye-opening moment occurred when he said (with a straight face) that president Obama has helped “turn around the mess of the economy.” Really? “When you look at the election, you look at the campaign season here,” Malveaux said, “What do you think President Obama has done right, that he’s gotten right? And what do you think he really needs to work...
  • Palin goes back to the minors

    05/30/2012 10:52:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 29, 2012 | Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman
    Maggie and Emily write this morning on the new role Sarah Palin has carved out for herself in 2012 politics, picking the races she gets involved in more carefully and seeking out opportunities where she can have (or appear to have) disproportionate impact: "This year, Palin has become almost irrelevant in the context of the presidential race she once had a chance to dominate, and is seen more than ever as a sideshow by the Republican establishment. But after seeing her celebrity peak last year, Palin has settled into a role as something of a strong Triple-A political ballplayer, picking...
  • Pelosi predicts court will uphold health-care reform

    05/30/2012 1:54:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Woodland Daily Democrat ^ | May 29, 2012 | Josh Richman
    SAN FRANCISCO -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she expects the U.S. Supreme Court next month will uphold President Obama's signature legislation: the Affordable Care Act. "We believe that this bill constitutionally is iron-clad," she told a crowd of about 550 at a Commonwealth Club event in the Fairmont Hotel. "I expect a 6-3 'aye' verdict from the Supreme Court." Pelosi, whose discussion with the club was meant to commemorate her 25th anniversary in Congress, said the bill is among her proudest legislative accomplishments. More than 80 million Americans -- young people allowed to remain on their...
  • Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis now a Republican

    05/30/2012 1:14:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 29, 2012 | Neil Munro
    Former Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis has turned in his Democratic Party card as he prepares to register for the GOP in Virginia. The switch was rumored for some time following his departure from Democratic politics in 2010. Davis left political circles after his unsuccessful run for governor in Alabama. He lost in the 2010 primaries, and generating hostility from some fellow Democrats who disliked his effort to avoid identity politics. The winning Democrat was trounced by the Republican candidate in the general election. “If I were to run [for office], it would be as a Republican … [because] wearing...
  • Video: House Republican Candidates Brian Kalk And Kevin Cramer Debate

    05/27/2012 2:59:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    Say Anything ^ | May 17, 2012 | Rob Port
    North Dakota’s House race saw several debates between the half-dozen candidates pre-convention, but now that the field has been narrowed to two candidates for the primary election I thought it would be useful to have them sit down and engage one another again. Both Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk were gracious enough to join me for what was supposed to be 30 minutes of questions and discussions but turned out to be more like an hour. Here’s the result: For all the rancor that some perceive as surrounding this race, both candidates were very cordial and agreed on most things...
  • 9 Republicans, 2 Democrats vie for Paul's seat (TX)

    05/25/2012 10:36:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2012 | Joe Holley
    The favorite in the Republican race is Randy Weber, 58, a two-term state representative from Pearland and the former owner of an air-conditioning company he started in 1981. Weber, who has been endorsed by Gov. Rick Perry, touts a 2009 poll sponsored by the Texas Conservative Coalition that rated him the most conservative member of the Texas House. Paul, who represented the district for 24 years, though not consecutively, endorsed Weber's two campaigns for the Texas House, but so far has not endorsed a successor. A Beaumont base Weber has raised $282,000 for the race and had the second-highest amount...
  • Foes target Boehner/Lungren event in Woodside

    05/22/2012 7:37:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 5/22/12 | Josh Richman
    Liberal activists organized by CREDO SuperPAC are planning to protest outside a fundraiser that House Speaker John Boehner is holding Wednesday on Portola Road in Woodside with Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River. The event with Boehner, R-Ohio, costs up to $35,000 a plate or $5,000 for a photo opportunity, and is occurring just six miles from the Atherton home in which President Obama is scheduled to hold a $35,800-a-plate fundraiser at about the same time.CREDO SuperPAC says it has launched a campaign against Lungren with four full-time organizers and a Carmichael field office to mobilize local voters to defeat a...
  • [Congresswoman] Corrine Brown, [GZ Prosecutor] Angela Corey now are at odds

    05/19/2012 6:12:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 19, 2012 | Rene Stutzman and Mark K. Matthews
    U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has made herself one of the central figures in the George Zimmerman case. The Democratic congresswoman got involved when the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, became national news. Soon after, the Department of Justice launched its probe into whether Sanford police mishandled the case, and Sanford police Chief Bill Lee stepped aside. Earlier this month, Brown — whose district spans from Jacksonville into Central Florida — got involved in another criminal case. She attended the sentencing of Marissa Alexander, a black defendant from Jacksonville who Brown said was unfairly sentenced to 20 years...
  • How Fischer won

    05/19/2012 3:47:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | May 16, 2012 | Robynn Tysver, Paul Goodsell and Joe Duggan
    LINCOLN — Deb Fischer ran a stealth campaign. The state senator from Valentine who scored one of the biggest upsets in Nebraska political history Tuesday started to surge in the polls at the perfect time — early enough to win and too late for her opponents to respond. Fischer, who raised a paltry $440,000 to front-runner Jon Bruning’s $3.6 million, is now in position to become the second woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Nebraska, if she defeats Democrat Bob Kerrey in the fall. A third was appointed. She took her first poke at Kerrey shortly after taking...
  • Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll (South Carolina new district)

    05/18/2012 5:03:23 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    South Carolina Now ^ | May 17, 2012 | Tucker Mitchell
    Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer and Horry County Council Chair Tom Rice hold a substantial lead in the race for the Republican nomination for the new 7th Congressional District seat according to a new poll commissioned by Francis Marion University and SCNOW.com. But the overall temerity of the campaign has left many voters still scratching their heads less than a month before the June 12 primary. Bauer leads the nine-person field of Republican candidates with 22 percent of the 641 likely GOP primary voters polled, followed closely by Rice with 21 percent. Chad Prosser is third with 8 percent. A...
  • Southwest Michigan Politics: Jack Hoogendyk endorsed by conservative Madison Project

    05/17/2012 5:56:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 4 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | May 15, 2012 | Fritz Klug
    Jack Hoogendyk has received another endorsement from a conservative Political Action Committee. The Madison Project endorsed Hoogendyk this morning. In a press release, Madison Project Political Director Drew Ryun said: Fred Upton’s 26-year career has been marred by fiscal and social liberal votes that are too numerous to count. Perhaps, the most egregious aspect of his career was his involvement in anti-free-market energy policy, most notably, his lead role in the 2007 energy bill that banned the incandescent light bulb. Amazingly, Upton has been granted the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the most important domestic policy panel....
  • Republican finalists speak at public forum held for Johnson’s congress chair (IL)

    05/17/2012 4:58:20 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Daily Illinois ^ | May 14, 2012 | Nathaniel Lash
    The four candidates vying for outgoing Congressman Tim Johnson’s seat — Jerry Clarke, Rodney Davis, Erika Harold and Kathy Wassink — presented their platforms to Champaign voters at a public forum Saturday evening. The forum was led by Champaign County Republican Party chair Habeeb Habeeb, one of the 14 Republican Party chairmen who will decide May 19 which finalist will be the GOP’s candidate for the 13th district race that Johnson pulled out of soon after the March primaries. “I really care about winning the race,” said Habeeb, who estimated the attendance at 250 people. “(This district) leans slightly Democrat,...
  • FreedomWorks Backs Three Upstarts for Open House Seats

    05/16/2012 5:17:13 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 16, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    FreedomWorks announced its support for three upstart Republican House candidates today, pitting the conservative grass-roots group against local elected officials in each state. The group endorsed Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer in North Dakota’s at-large seat; Lewis County Judge Executive Thomas Massie in Kentucky’s 4th district; and former state Sen. Sam Aanestad in California’s 1st district. All three candidates are running in open-seat races. FreedomWorks’ support is notable because it’s backing the underdogs in each race and, in one case, going against the state party’s endorsement. In North Dakota, the state GOP endorsed Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk at its...
  • North Dakota’s House race No. 1 of those ‘that might surprise you’

    05/15/2012 4:32:33 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    North Dakoata Politics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Kristen M. Daum
    The Washington Post has put North Dakota atop its list of “The 10 House districts that might surprise you.” The report today aims to showcase 10 House races that are “surprisingly competitive” in an election year, where not only is partisan control at stake but where redistricting has changed the game for seats across the country. North Dakota is the only state on the list where redistricting wasn’t a factor in the competitive nature of its House race. (North Dakota is a single at-large district, so there is no redistricting here.) Republican Rep. Rick Berg won North Dakota’s House seat...
  • Kentucky: Rand Paul Backs Thomas Massie in Race to Succeed Geoff Davis

    05/12/2012 1:43:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 12, 2012 | Joshua Miller
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today filmed a TV ad in support of Congressional candidate Thomas Massie and plans to endorse him soon. “I’ve made the decision today to go ahead and help him,” Paul said in an interview today in his Senate office. “I filmed an ad for him today.” Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, is locked in a competitive race for Kentucky’s open 4th district seat, currently occupied by retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R). The other two top contenders in the race are state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. Paul said an official endorsement of...
  • Hudson, Keadle headed toward runoff in 8th District primary

    05/08/2012 9:45:16 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Cabarrus Independent Tribune ^ | May 8, 2012 | Tim Reaves
    Richard Hudson, who worked with former Eighth District Republican Representative Robin Hayes, is closer to securing the district for himself after gaining more votes than the other four Republicans in the GOP primary on Tuesday. Since Hudson could not reach 40 percent of the vote, he faces a primary runoff with second-place finisher Scott Keadle in June or July. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson had 31.3 percent of the vote, followed by Scott Keadle at 22.2 percent, Vernon Robinson at 17.8 percent, Fred Steen at 15.1 percent and John Whitley at 13.5 percent. “This was a huge victory for...
  • Messer wins GOP bid for Ind. seat Pence giving up

    05/08/2012 6:17:02 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    WCPO Channel 9 ^ | May 8, 2012
    Former state Rep. Luke Messer has won the Republican nomination for eastern Indiana's 6th District seat that GOP Rep. Mike Pence is giving up to run for governor. Messer will face Democrat Bradley Bookout of Yorktown in November's election in the Republican-leaning district. Messer is a former executive director of the state Republican Party who heads School Choice Indiana, which lobbied in support of the state's new private school voucher law. He finished second to Rep. Dan Burton two years ago in the 5th District's Republican primary, but his Shelbyville home was placed in the 6th District when lawmakers redrew...
  • Bachmann endorsement expected in Romney's Portsmouth visit

    05/02/2012 10:07:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 3, 2012 | Julian Walker and Bill Bartel
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will likely get more than face time with Virginia voters when he visits Portsmouth today. He's also expected to nab a key endorsement. Several Republican sources this week said Romney's campaign is developing plans to have U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at the 1:15 p.m. event at Crofton Industries to announce her support for Romney. A darling of evangelicals and tea partyers, Bachmann briefly soared as a Republican presidential contender before withdrawing in January after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. An endorsement from her could lend some social conservative credentials to Romney...
  • Bruce Ray Riggs; Florida 5th district

    04/20/2012 7:53:40 PM PDT · by know-the-law · 5 replies
    dirtyunclesam ^ | bruce ray riggs
    The powers of government were never given the jurisdiction to do the things they are doing today. Many laws, taxes, restrictions and government powers come from this post-constructional (89 years later) jurisdiction. Abortion, Roe V. Wade, prayer in school, gun control are all fruits of the tree of this unlawful and unconstitutional jurisdiction. I will demonstrate, with facts and freely available documents, how this unconstitutional jurisdiction came to be and how to fix it. - Bruce Ray Riggs
  • Chris Reilly with a slight lead over Scott Perry in the Republican race to replace Todd Platts

    04/18/2012 5:30:51 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies
    Penn Live ^ | April 13, 2012 | David Wenner
    York County Commissioner Chris Reilly has a slight lead over state Rep. Scott Perry in the Republican race to replace Todd Platts representing the 4th U.S. Congressional District, according to a poll commissioned by The York Dispatch newspaper. However, the poll of 400 registered voters found that 57 percent of the voters are still undecided. There are seven Republicans in the race for the seat, which covers the West Shore of Cumberland County, part of Harrisburg and all of York and Adams counties. In the poll, Reilly was favored by 17.8 percent of voters while Perry was favored by 12.6...
  • Mark Meadows for Congress in NC-11

    04/17/2012 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | April 17, 2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Earlier this year, Heath Schuler decided that masquerading as a conservative Democrat in the era of Obama and Pelosi had become too cumbersome, and summarily announced his retirement. This western North Carolina district has become even more Republican after redistricting, providing us with an easy pickup opportunity. This is the sort of seat that we can easily fill with a conservative without having to battle an incumbent Republican. Our choice is Mark Meadows. A strong comprehensive conservative, Mark was described to us by someone who knows this race as “tea party inside the Republican Party years before the tea party...
  • Congressman Fred Upton says he's not a career politician; Jack Hoogendyk gets endorsements

    04/14/2012 3:17:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | April 10, 2012 | Fritz Klug
    Upton was on The Rocker Morning Show on WRKR-FM 107.7 today, and amid jesting with the hosts, talked about what's coming up in Washington D.C. for him and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which he chairs. At the end of the interview, co-host Mike McKelly told Upton, “I don’t consider you a career politician.” Upton responded, "I'm not." Upton, 58, served his first year in Congress in 1987 and has been in office for 25 years. Before that, he worked on the staff for U.S. Rep. David Stockman from 1976 to 1980 and was in the Office of...
  • Moran Challenger Allowed on Ballot, in Reversal

    04/10/2012 6:47:25 AM PDT · by muawiyah · 1 replies
    Mount Vernon Patch ^ | april 9, 2012 | rachel leonard
    The Virginia State Board of Elections announced Monday evening it would allow a Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Jim Moran on the ballot after initially disqualifying him.
  • Illinois’ Timothy Johnson to Retire

    04/05/2012 9:54:06 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 4, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    Local Republican officials in the 13th district will now select a new nominee to replace Johnson, who was first elected to the House in 2000. A senior Illinois GOP operative immediately pushed Rodney Davis, the former Illinois Republican Party executive director, as a potential successor to Johnson. The source also suggested Davis would have the support of his former boss, Rep. John Shimkus (R). Shimkus currently represents much of the redrawn 13th district but is seeking re-election in a nearby safe Republican district. State Reps. Chapin Rose and Adam Brown as well as state Sen. Sam McCann are also considered...
  • North Dakota: Republicans Endorse Brian Kalk for Open House Seat

    04/02/2012 5:32:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 2, 2012 | Shira Toeplitz
    Republicans rallied behind Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk at their annual convention over the weekend, giving him their endorsement in the race for the open, at-large House seat. After three rounds of ballots, Kalk obtained more than a majority of delegates — 929 votes — to win his party’s official support over a crowded field. Republican hopefuls traditionally abide by the GOP convention’s endorsement. This weekend, almost every other GOP House contender dropped out of the race prior to Kalk’s acceptance speech, including state Rep. Bette Grande, state Rep. Kim Koppelman, former Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle and businessman DuWayne Hendrickson....
  • Georgia Representative Lee Anderson: Political Smoke and Mirrors? You Decide

    03/28/2012 9:44:39 PM PDT · by Billlknowles · 2 replies
    WeArePolitics ^ | 3/27/2012 | Bill Knowles
    In the Republican Primary for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District Lee Anderson has demonstrated he is very different from his three Republican opponents Rick W. Allen, Wright McLeod, and Maria Sheffield. And not in a good way. Lee Anderson has, in effect, made the primary a three person race for conservatives based on four instances where he demonstrated a negative approach to the campaign which disqualifies him from serious consideration. 1: Walking Away from Ethics Lee Anderson attended the press conference held by the Ethics Alliance, made up of various organizations concerned about the state of ethics under the Gold Dome,...
  • 5 Republicans, 1 Dem seek to oust US Rep. Kissell

    03/25/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Salisbury Post ^ | March 22, 2012
    Four years after being elected to Congress in the same year that Barack Obama won North Carolina, Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell faces a tough re-election contest in a district that has been redrawn to favor Republicans. Kissell must first fend off a May 8 primary challenge from a fellow Democrat, Lumberton lawyer Marcus Williams. If Kissell prevails, he will compete against the winner of a five-candidate GOP primary in the sprawling 8th District, which extends across parts of 12 counties. Running on the GOP side are state Rep. Fred Steen II, a two-term legislator and small business owner from...
  • Herman Cain endorses Hoogendyk (MI)

    03/21/2012 3:13:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Niles Daily Star ^ | March 16, 2012
    Remember Herman Cain? Well, Jack Hoogendyk certainly does. The Kalamazoo Republican, who is running for Fred Upton’s 6th District Congressional post, has been endorsed by the former presidential candidate. Cain sent out a press release Thursday, welcoming Hoogendyk into the “Army of Davids.” In the release, Cain said Hoogendyk has committed to his so-called “9-9-9 plan,” calling for a 9 percent tax rate on personal income, 9 percent on corporate income and 9 percent on national sales tax. “The current tax code is confusing and counter-productive. It stifles prosperity,” Hoogendyk said in the release. Cain praised Hoogendyk’s limited government conservatism....
  • Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in Illinois's 16th Congressional District Primary

    03/20/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | Scott Bland
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has defeated fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in the state's 16th District GOP congressional primary. The AP called the race for Kinzinger just after 11 p.m. Eastern time. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Kinzinger led Manzullo 56 percent to 44 percent. The race between Kinzinger and Manzullo, forced because Illinois lost a congressional seat and state Democrats controlled the redistricting process, followed a common tea party-against-establishment trend in recent GOP primaries. But the script flipped here, with 10-term veteran Manzullo garnering the bulk of the tea party and movement conservative support while Kinzinger, a freshman,...
  • Republican Dan Lewis drops out of race for Congress (New Mexico)

    03/20/2012 6:17:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 2+ views
    KOB,com ^ | March 20, 2012
    Albuquerque city councilor Dan Lewis has dropped his bid for Congress. Lewis, a Republican, announced his decision in a news conference Tuesday. In a statement, he said he was quitting the race in part to avoid a contentious primary that could damage the eventual GOP nominee. His departure from the race for the 1st Congressional District race leaves Republican Janice Arnold Jones to face one of three Democratic challengers in November. The Democratic field includes former ABQ Mayor Martin Chavez, former state legislator and city councilor Eric Griego and current Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham. The congressional seat is...
  • Dan Lungren ramps up re-election efforts in Sacramento Co. seat

    03/13/2012 9:55:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/13/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Rep. Dan Lungren is stepping up his re-election efforts this week, raising cash, recruiting volunteers and holding town hall meetings in his Sacramento County district. The Gold River Republican faces a rematch with his 2010 challenger, Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera, in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District. A close voter registration split and high turnout in the presidential election are expected to make the race one of the most competitive congressional elections of the year. Lungren, who has trailed his opponent in campaign cash both this election and in 2010, got some help from Republican leadership for a Monday...
  • Utah Primaries: Power to the Precincts

    03/12/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | March 9, 2012 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Utah’s primary isn’t for another three months, but Sen. Orrin Hatch’s electoral fate could be sealed next week. The six-term GOP senator is trying to avoid following in the footsteps of his colleague, Bob Bennett, who not only lost reelection in 2010, but failed to make it out of his party’s convention and onto the primary ballot. When freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) declined to run, there was a sense that Hatch was out of the woods. But now-former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is in the race and is regarded as a very formidable threat to the senator. Tuesday’s precinct...
  • Tea Party group endorses Manzullo over Kinzinger in lawmaker match-up

    03/09/2012 7:17:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 9, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    The two were thrown together after the Democrat-controlled restricting process was finished. Their primary has turned into a funhouse-mirror image of many races between older establishment Republicans and younger Tea Party challengers. Kinzinger won his seat in 2010 with strong Tea Party support but has developed a more centrist voting record since he entered the House, making establishment Republicans happy but angering his Tea Party base. His decision to quit the conservative Republican Study Committee and join the centrist Tuesday Group after a fight between the RSC and House GOP leaders pleased Boehner but infuriated groups like Freedomworks, which cite...
  • Florida: Local Official Says Stearns Tried to Buy Him Out of Race

    03/07/2012 2:39:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 7, 2012 | Amanda Becker
    A clerk of courts running for Congress in Florida told a group of Clay County Republicans earlier today that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) offered him incentives to drop out of the race. Clay County Clerk of Courts James Jett’s statements to the gathering, including that the FBI is already looking into the matter, were first reported by the political blog of Jacksonville’s Florida Times-Union. According to those present at the South Clay Republicans meeting, which occurs the first Wednesday of each month at the Magnolia Point Golf & Country Club, Jett accused Stearns of using a middle man to offer...
  • Pelosi Hammers GOP on Limbaugh

    03/05/2012 1:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Texas Insider ^ | March 5, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Republicans are now stuck being associated with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh calling a Georgetown law student a “slut.” Democrats have been hammering Limbaugh and Republicans since the radio host criticized Sandra Fluke, the student, for stressing the importance of birth control during a congressional hearing on President Obama’s contraceptive mandate. Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” because he said she was effectively asking taxpayers for money for contraception. On Thursday, Democrats urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to publicly denounce Limbaugh’s statement. “They won’t disassociate themselves from it. They’re tattooed...
  • The Case for Newt Gingrich

    02/22/2012 11:50:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Tucson Citizen | February 22, 2012 | Bob Quasius
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-lincoln-republican/2012/02/22/the-case-for-newt-gingrich/
  • Walter Jones, that was then, this is now

    02/19/2012 10:53:46 AM PST · by MitchellC · 16 replies
    Truth or Dare NC ^ | December 19, 2011 | Imkitties
    Walter Jones’ campaign is having to dig deep to try and showcase their candidate’s former conservative credentials. Recent Facebook posts labeled ‘From the Archives‘ show two photos of a young Walter Jones with conservative stalwart Senator Jesse Helms nearly 20 years ago. That was then. This is now. Let’s get a little more current, shall we? Cut and Run “Cut and Run” Jones with progressive left-winger Dennis Kucinich.Jones voted for Kucinich’s articles of impeachment against Bush in 2008. Jones also voted numerous times with Kucinich and Pelosi to pull out of Iraq long before the job was done.Support for Dodd-Frank...
  • Investigative Reports: Newt Gingrich and the Republican Revolution (1995)

    02/18/2012 5:28:55 AM PST · by Marguerite · 16 replies
    Investigative Reports ^ | February 5, 2012 | Bill Kurtis
    Synopsis of Investigative Reports: Newt Gingrich & the Republican Revolution This documentary, part of the Investigative Reports cable television series on the A&E network, examines the condition of the Congress beginning in 1994 when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Newt Gingrich, the Speaker of the House after the Republican majority, became a controversial American politician. This episode, narrated by Investigative Reports host and producer Bill Kurtis, takes a behind-the-scenes look at these years of Republican control and suggests that some of the junior congressmen and congresswomen were not yet ready for their congressional appointments....
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce airs early TV ads backing Dan Lungren

    02/15/2012 8:14:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Republican Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River is getting some early help for his re-election bid from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. A new television ad airing in the Sacramento area praises Lungren for "fighting to protect California jobs" and singles out his support for repealing the federal health care overhaul. A slight voter-registration edge for Democrats in the new 7th Congressional District and high turnout for the presidential election are expected to make Lungren a top target this year. He faces a rematch with Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera, the doctor and medical educator who lost to Lungren by...
  • Pendergraph to run for 9th District seat (NC)

    02/08/2012 6:28:07 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    WCNC.com ^ | February 8, 2012
    Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph formally announced his campaign for the 9th District Congressional seat Wednesday. Pendergraph will seek to replace fellow Republican Sue Myrick, who announced Tuesday she will not seek a 10th term in office. Pendergraph said he'll continue in the tradition of Myrick and acknowledged there will be many other candidates to announce in the coming weeks. “I expect a number of people will jump into this race, because the seat hasn't been open in 18 years,” Pendergraph said in his announcement. Other Republicans who have expressed interest include County Commissioner Bill James, Charlotte City Council member...
  • The early list of Myrick replacements (NC incumbent retiring)

    02/07/2012 3:46:50 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | February 7, 2012
    The list of possibilities to replace U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick will surely change by the hour. Within minutes of Myrick's announcement that she won't be seeking another term, Roll Call was up with some obvious names: N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis of Huntersville, state Rep. Ruth Samuelson of Charlotte and state Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews. We'll add former state Sen. Robert Pittenger and former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot. And don't discount some local prospects, including Mecklenburg county commissioner Jim Pendergraph (who will announce his intention to run, the Observer's Jim Morrill reports) and former City Councilman Edwin Peacock. Here's...
  • Making room for new, old economies

    01/31/2012 5:43:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 30, 2012 | Joel Kotkin
    The announcements by Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) that they would not run for reelection reflects what may be the last gasps of the Great Plains Democrats, much as California’s 2010 Democratic landslide assured that Republicans are soon to become endangered species in places like Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. The conventional explanation for these trends centers on culture or ideology, but the real cause may lie with an evolving conflict between two dueling political economies. On one side lies the information or “creative” economy, centered in coastal big cities and university towns. On the other lies...