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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/ 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 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,...