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  • Beck, Cruz, Sasse, Ryan and Fellow #NeverTrumpers to Hold Conference in August

    07/27/2016 5:40:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 123 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 27,2016 | Jim Hoft
    Noted #NeverTrumpers Glenn (Cheeto-face) Beck, Lyin Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, Paul Ryan, Nikki Haley, Carly Fiorina, Ken Cuccinelli, Katie Pavlich, Guy Benson, Hugh Hewitt and Erick Erickson are the featured speakers at the annual RedState gathering in Denver in August.
  • Heidi Cruz Rushed Out By Security After Crowd Turns On Ted Cruz

    07/20/2016 7:42:13 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 247 replies
    mashable.com ^ | July 21, 2016
    Heidi Cruz, wife of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, was reportedly rushed out of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night after the crowd turned on her husband at the end of his speech. Boos rained down on Ted Cruz as he issued a speech calling for people to vote on their "conscience" and declining to officially endorse Donald Trump, despite loud calls for him to do so from the crowd. With her is Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia, who has also been firmly anti-Trump. Cuccinelli reportedly confirmed to journalists that he helped Heidi Cruz leave the scene...
  • NEVER TRUMP IS OFFICIALLY DEAD AND BURIED:HOW KEN CUCCINELLI, MIKE LEE SOLD OUT GRASSROOTS FOR CONVE

    07/19/2016 11:12:11 AM PDT · by orchestra · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 July 2016 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    (Full title)‘Never Trump Is Officially Dead and Buried’: How Ken Cuccinelli, Mike Lee Sold Out Grassroots for Convention Floor Spectacle CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ken Cuccinelli of the Senate Conservatives Fund and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) sold out grassroots conservatives so they could make a spectacle on the floor of the Republican National Convention as part of the last dying breaths of the “Never Trump” collective, which is now officially dead, Breitbart News has confirmed. A senior Republican involved in the negotiations told Breitbart News that Cuccinelli and Lee “were given an opportunity to accept two different proposals by the RNC...
  • Priebus Meets Privately with Mike Lee, Never Trump Leaders to Discuss Procedural Compromise

    07/14/2016 9:07:53 AM PDT · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/14/2016 | Tim Alberta
    CLEVELAND — Barely two hours into the much-anticipated meeting of the Convention Rules Committee, a backroom deal may be in the works. According to two sources, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and top RNC officials are huddling privately with Senator Mike Lee, Virginia Committeeman Morton Blackwell, and leaders of the Never Trump movement to discuss a procedural compromise that would allow for gimmick-free votes on anti-Trump measures in exchange for their cooperation in not gumming up the works and prolonging the Rules Committee meeting unnecessarily. The discussion is taking place during a recess from the Rules Committee meeting, which...
  • Judicial Watch Sues Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Over Executive Order Granting 206,000 Felons Voting...

    06/14/2016 8:26:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 14, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Full title: Judicial Watch Sues Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Over Executive Order Granting 206,000 Felons Voting Rights (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it today filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Virginia voters against Governor Terry McAuliffe and other commonwealth official over McAuliffe’s executive order that attempts to restore voting rights to about 206,000 convicted felons. The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Bedford County, VA, requesting an injunction preventing the enforcement of ( Walker et al. v. McAuliffe et al. (No. CL16000358-00)). On April 22, 2016, McAuliffe signed an executive order titled “Order for Restoration of...
  • Video: Cuccinelli Dumps Stewart, Adds Self to Virginia Delegate Heist for Cruz

    05/03/2016 2:52:17 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 8 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/3/16 | Black & Blonde Media
    Donald Trump won the Virginia Republican Primary on March 1st, but the will of the people will NOT be represented at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
  • Ted Cruz Finds Support for His Opposition to Corn Subsidies

    12/30/2015 9:09:11 AM PST · by Isara · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    ...Senator Ted Cruz, already under attack in Iowa for opposing government support for ethanol, has won the support of an out-of-state conservative leader, Ken Cuccinelli II, who on Tuesday aimed an unusually blistering attack on "Big Corn"......"The Governor of Iowa is a Big Corn cheerleader, and his son is running a super PAC hitting Cruz for not bowing to worship Big Corn..." wrote Mr. Cucinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia.He described an agricultural forum in Iowa early in the year attended by presidential hopefuls as a "Big corn kiss up confab."Mr. Cruz is leading Iowa polls of likely Republican...
  • Cruz For President Announces Endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli

    12/18/2015 7:55:39 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | December 18, 2015
    HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of Virginia and Republican candidate for Governor in 2013. Throughout his career Cuccinelli has been a tireless advocate and strong leader in the fight to advance conservative principles by standing up to the Washington Cartel to protect life and marriage, stop tax increases, and defend the Constitution.“I’m pleased to endorse Ted Cruz for President. Not only does he have a proven track record for standing up for conservative values, but he has also demonstrated a willingness to fight back against both the Democrats...
  • Republican Ted Cruz jumps seven points into second place: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    12/18/2015 7:33:08 PM PST · by Isara · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 18, 2015 | Megan Cassella
    Republican support for U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz rose this week as voters keyed in on the senator from Texas as the top alternative to Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday.Cruz had the support of 17 percent of likely Republican voters, behind Donald Trump, who remained the front runner with support of 31 percent of respondents in the five-day rolling poll.Last week, Cruz had the support of 10 percent of likely Republican voters and was relatively even with Ben Carson and Marco Rubio.Cruz has been gaining momentum nationally this month after polls showed him overtaking Trump in...
  • At gala in Richmond, GOP's Ted Cruz says Paris attacks show threat ISIS poses to U.S.

    11/15/2015 4:28:21 PM PST · by Isara · 4 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2015 | Jim Nolan
    GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz speaks with the media before addressing the Family Foundation of Virginia's 30th annual gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Saturday, November 14, 2015. (Alexa Welch Edlund) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in Richmond to boost his presidential bid in the commonwealth, said Saturday that the terrorist attacks in Paris underscore the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States."I want to express solidarity with the people of France, with the people of Paris - all across America, Americans are lifting them up in our prayers, we are standing with our friends and...
  • Former Virginia attorney general says Hillary Clinton broke the law( tr)

    10/01/2015 7:17:15 PM PDT · by shortstop · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/02/15 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Hillary Clinton's infamous use of a private, home-based email server as secretary of state was illegal and practically no different from Gen. David Petraeus's criminal mishandling of secret government documents, a top Republican official argued Sunday in a national op-ed. Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican former attorney general of Virginia, wrote in the New York Post that the Democratic presidential front-runner is 'already in just as bad - or worse - of a legal situation than Petraeus faced' because of the private emails. Petraeus pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified intelligence, fined $100,000 and sentenced to...
  • 'Rip the place out by the roots'

    09/17/2015 8:39:04 PM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 9/17/15 | Greg Corrombos
    [Cuccinelli] believes GOP leaders could be much tougher... "Make the Democrats stand up there for hour after hour and defend Iran. Defending Iran! Can you believe we're saying this? Make them do it. Where's the guts on this and, frankly, where are the brains?" .... Republican leaders dismiss Cuccinelli's approach, saying the party will badly lose the public relations battle if there is a government shutdown and President Obama will never back down on issues... Cuccinelli said the strategy should be much more aggressive. "If it were me and I sent him a budget that defunded Planned Parenthood and he...
  • Republicans Look to Force Trump to Pledge Loyalty Oath to GOP Masters

    08/25/2015 9:30:10 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 72 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/24/15
    Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him. The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election. … The Virginia proposal has earned the support of Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s former attorney general and 2013 gubernatorial nominee, who has been promoting the idea...
  • Cuccinelli Urges Virginians To Support Motion To Oust Boehner

    08/03/2015 4:20:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    Principled limited government constitutional conservative Ken Cuccinelli, Chairman of Liberty Now PAC, issued a powerful appeal for Virginians to demand their Representatives in Congress support Rep. Mark Meadows' motion to vacate the Chair and oust John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Cuccinelli writes: An amazing thing happened the other day, although it hasn’t gotten much attention… yet! On Tuesday, North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows courageously submitted a “Motion to Vacate the Chair.” The “Chair” in this case is Speaker Boehner. If successful, Congressman Meadows’ motion would remove Congressman Boehner as Speaker of the House, and allow for a vote...
  • Cuccinelli rips Republicans: 'They don't have any backbone!'

    02/26/2015 9:42:44 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Ken Cuccinelli Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided earlier in the week to stop pushing a Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, appropriations bill that strictly forbids funding for Obama administration executive action on immigration in 2012 and 2014. With Democrats blocking debate, McConnell agreed to bring a “clean” bill forward in exchange for Democrat promises to vote on a separate bill to defund...
  • How Bad PACs Are Killing The Conservative Movement

    02/21/2015 4:11:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Earlier this week, my website Right Wing News put out a report called 50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money. That report was based on 170 pages of research I had commissioned into how conservative PACs are spending their money and the numbers of the 10 groups on the bottom were so bad that I was genuinely shocked, which doesn’t happen very often. Just in case you’re wondering, those bottom 10 PACs you’re looking at spent $54,318,498, but only $3,621,896 of that money went to candidates via direct contributions or independent expenditures on their...
  • A Rebirth of Democracy in Virginia

    02/05/2015 10:52:58 AM PST · by Publius · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 February 2015 | Ken Cuccinelli & Michael Farris
    It takes a fair amount of audacity for a pair of political bloggers to call a group of lawyers that includes professors from Princeton and Georgetown Law School, two former Supreme Court law clerks, a White House Counsel, a law school dean, an attorney with actual Article V litigation experience and a former attorney general of Virginia “a posse of supposed conservative constitutional scholars.” What could merit this kind of sneering vilification from the local political bloggers? We merely contend that the states should use the explicit text of Article V of the Constitution to stop the abuse of power...
  • Cuccinelli Endorses Convention Of The States

    02/02/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    One of the most unique and important discussions among constitutional conservatives is taking place right now in Virginia’s General Assembly. It is the debate about whether the states (including Virginia) should exercise their rights to call an Article V Convention of States. Principled limited government constitutional conservative former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has come out in favor of two bills currently before the Virginia legislature calling for a constitutional convention of the states. Speaking through his e-newsletter “The Cuccinelli Compass” Cuccinelli argued in favor of a position shared – and opposed – by many principled limited government constitutional conservatives....
  • The case for impeaching Lois Lerner and other lawbreakers at the IRS

    08/20/2014 2:58:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 20, 2014 | BY KEN CUCCINELLI AND MARK FITZGIBBONS
    In April, the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Nothing has come of it. Given the politicization and lawlessness of the DOJ under Attorney General Eric Holder, nothing likely will. The House should move to impeach Lerner instead, and other IRS officials who have broken the law. Federal bureaucrats need to be sent a message that lawbreaking is not part of their job descriptions, and that notwithstanding our recalcitrant Justice Department, our constitutional system provides this remedy against executive branch officials gone rogue under the law. More importantly, Americans deserve...
  • Ken Cuccinelli calls for states to dispatch the National Guard to border

    07/02/2014 8:51:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-2-2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general, said states along the Southern border not only have the legal right to secure their properties by dispatching the National Guard — but they pretty much also have a constitutionally based responsibility. “When [illegals are] coming across your border, Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution [gives border states the right to] deal with this themselves,” he said during an interview on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Breitbart reported. Mr. Cuccinelli advised, too, that states could task their law enforcement to the borders, too. He also said the federal government couldn’t really prevent states from...
  • Ken Cuccinelli Named Head of Senate Conservatives Fund

    06/14/2014 7:57:59 PM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Jun 2014 | By Todd Beamon
    Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is the new president of the Senate Conservatives Fund. "One of Virginia's strongest grass-roots conservatives is joining our team," Matt Hoskins, the organization's executive director, said in a statement Wednesday on its website. Hoskins also referenced House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss in the state's Republican primary on Tuesday, calling it "a major victor for freedom" for "the grass-roots in Virginia." Cantor, 51, who resigned his leadership post Wednesday, lost to little-known college professor David Brat, 49, a political newcomer who was backed by the tea party. It was one of the biggest political...
  • Bill Bolling on Cantor losing & division

    06/15/2014 1:22:30 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Facebook ^ | June 11, 2014 | Bill Bolling
    Last night I posted what I thought was a very balanced comment on the 7th district congressional election. I expressed my personal disappointment that Eric Cantor lost, congratulated David Brat on his victory, and expressed concern over the deep divisions that currently exist in our party. I encourage you to read the comments that were made in response. The negativity and vitriol of these comments (dare I say the hate in some of them) reflects what is wrong in our party right now. We have to learn to disagree without being disagreeable, and we have to learn to respect the...
  • Former VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Named New President of the Senate Conservatives Fund!

    06/11/2014 7:52:24 AM PDT · by DestroyLiberalism · 45 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | June 11, 2014 | Matt Hoskins
    Fellow Conservatives: We have very exciting news to share with you. Not only did the grassroots in Virginia score a major victory for freedom last night by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary, but one of Virginia's strongest grassroots conservatives is joining our team. Starting today, Ken Cuccinelli, the former Attorney General of Virginia, will serve as the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund! If you don’t know Ken, he’s a principled fighter who is respected by the grassroots and is passionate about electing the next generation of conservative leaders. Throughout his time in public service,...
  • Gillespie wins Republican U.S. Senate nomination (Virginia)

    06/08/2014 7:04:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    Roanoke.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Markus Schmidt
    ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times Delegates cheer candidate Ed Gillespie during his introduction at the state Republican convention Saturday in Roanoke. Less than 90 minutes after voting began at the convention, Gillespie’s nearest rival, Shak Hill, conceded the nomination to Gillespie. The low attendance — 4,200 delegates had registered but about 2,700 came to Roanoke — may have expedited the balloting. Ed Gillespie, a fixture in national Republican politics, easily won his party’s nomination Saturday to take on Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., setting up a marquee fight with control of the Senate at stake. At 2:50 p.m., less than...
  • Virginia GOP executive director praised amnesty, slammed GOP

    04/08/2014 7:53:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Patrick Howley
    Newly minted Virginia Republican chairman Shaun Kenney said that immigration reform is the right thing to do, and criticized people opposed to amnesty as being uncomfortable with “the Other.” Kennedy made the remarks in a meeting this month with amnesty advocates, video footage of which was obtained by The Daily Caller. The meeting is believed to have included Eliseo Medina, secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who previously argued that immigration reform will help Democratic electoral chances.
  • Rand Paul Suing President Obama

    02/11/2014 4:06:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-11-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Rand Paul Suing President Obama February 11, 2014 - 1:24 pm Rand Paul’s political action committee just announced that the Kentucky senator is suing President Obama. Paul will file his lawsuit on Wednesday morning at the U.S. District Court in D.C., joined by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe. The class-action lawsuit will be filed against Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey. The complaint? “I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a...
  • Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

    02/04/2014 2:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 5:16 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage. Supporters maintained there was no fundamental right to gay marriage and the ban exists as part of the state’s interest in responsible procreation. “We have marriage laws in society because we have children, not because we have adults,” said attorney David Nimocks, of the religious group Alliance Defending Freedom. The case is being closely watched because it could give the gay marriage movement its first foothold...
  • Should we care if Republicans win elections?

    01/23/2014 6:37:29 AM PST · by Moseley · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 23, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    In the U.S.A., Republican voters and grassroots are sharply divided in political culture from the Republican establishment and politicos. But one culture clash in particular is urgent and important: Does it really matter if Republicans win elections? Republican politicos furiously insist yes. Republican voters answer a lukewarm maybe. The Republican Party is driving the United States over the cliff at 70 miles per hour, while the Democrat Party is driving the U.S.A. over the cliff at 120 miles per hour. Yet Republican leaders passionately try to convince us that it matters that Republicans must be driving as the car careens...
  • Va. quickly emerging as key in gay marriage fight

    01/19/2014 11:33:45 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 25 replies
    AP-Yahoo ^ | 1-19-14 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed. Related Stories Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold Associated Press Judge rules Oklahoma gay marriage ban unconstitutional AFP US judge strikes down Oklahoma gay marriage ban as ‘arbitrary, irrational' Christian Science Monitor Utah appeals gay marriage ruling to top US court AFP The Supreme Court Puts Utah's Gay Marriages on Pause The Atlantic Wire This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights....
  • Va. consultant Boyd Marcus’s case shows how money trumps principles in politics today

    01/19/2014 9:04:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-19-14 | Robert McCartney
    If you ever doubted that money outweighs principles in contemporary politics, then the case of Richmond campaign consultant Boyd Marcus should permanently erase such ambiguity in your mind. Marcus, a prominent figure in Virginia politics for two decades, made headlines in August when he abandoned a lifetime of supporting Republicans to endorse Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. McAuliffe’s team and Marcus trumpeted the conversion as an important political sign that mainstream Republicans were rejecting the tea party conservatism espoused by GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli II. Instead, we learned Thursday, the primary motive was entirely mercenary. An e-mail was made public...
  • Cuccinelli to be lead lawyer in suit against Obama administration

    01/06/2014 9:12:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 4, 2014 | Andrew Cain
    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli leaves office Saturday, but he will continue to take on what he considers overreaching by the federal government. Cuccinelli will be the lead lawyer in a suit filed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., against the Obama administration over the data-collection policies of the National Security Agency, according to The Associated Press. As attorney general, Cuccinelli took on the Obama administration in court over the Affordable Care Act and the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate emissions....
  • Eleven attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal

    01/02/2014 10:18:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 02, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    January 02, 2014, 12:54 pm 11 attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal By Rebecca Shabad Eleven GOP attorneys general say the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly making changes to ObamaCare without going through Congress. The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama's executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare's more rigorous standards. “We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in...
  • Beretta won’t move [from Maryland] to Virginia due to Terry McAuliffe’s gun-control agenda

    12/23/2013 4:27:30 PM PST · by HokieMom · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 23, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor. The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners’ rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. “The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive,” Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. “And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional...
  • Report: Bid to indict Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delayed

    12/19/2013 12:44:48 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-19-13 | James Hohmann
    The Justice Department has reportedly delayed until next year a decision on whether to indict outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in connection with a gifts scandal — a decision that came after a face-to-face appeal by the couple’s lawyers. A report by The Washington Post late Wednesday night said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente told lawyers for the governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell a week ago that he planned to ask a grand jury to return an indictment by this past Monday over allegedly inappropriate help they gave dietary supplement maker Star Scientific after receiving gifts from...
  • New Data: Social Issues Would Have Been Winning Issues in Virginia

    12/10/2013 9:36:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2013 | Maggie Gallagher
    Adam Schaefer and Nancy Smith have posted the results of some fascinating experimental research on Ken Cuccinelli’s loss in  Virginia. Their research suggests “an aggressive attack on McAuliffe for supporting Obamacare was ineffective at best and counter-productive at worst. An attack on McAuliffe’s business record possibly helped, but was anemic.”So what would have worked in Virginia? What moved the voters most was an attack on McAuliffe’s positions on abortion; a single phone message emphasizing McAuliffe’s support for unrestricted, late-term, and taxpayer-funded abortions shifted support a net 13 to 15 points away from McAuliffe and toward Cuccinelli. The cost per vote here...
  • Perfect Candidate excuse will cost GOP Elections in 2014

    11/27/2013 6:10:40 AM PST · by Moseley · 119 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | November 27, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Of all the ways Republicans in the U.S.A. could still fumble their promising 2014 Congressional elections, one is the error of “the Ballistics Theory of Political Candidates” or the “Perfect Candidate Excuse.” Missing opportunities to master the techniques and science of winning elections, Republicans are instead searching for the perfect candidate. But that is only an excuse for avoiding the hard, real work of running effective election campaigns and studying how to become effective in running campaigns. In the United States, liberals are busy sharpening their skills at selling inferior candidates with unpopular platforms and failed policies to gullible voters....
  • Government Shutdown Did Not Hurt Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia 2013 Campaign

    11/19/2013 4:52:02 PM PST · by Moseley · 5 replies
    The Virginia Free Citizen ^ | November 13, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party’s loss of the Virginia Governor’s race has sparked extensive analysis searching for “lessons learned” while heading into the crucial upcoming 2014 Congressional elections. Conventional wisdom argues that the government shutdown drama hurt Ken Cuccinelli and his running mates, although later the flawed ObamaCare roll-out helped Virginia Republicans regain some lost ground. Facts Do Not Support Shutdown Hurt Cuccinelli But the facts don’t support the theory that the government shutdown and debt ceiling battle hurt Ken Cuccinelli. Virginians who voted in the November 6 elections about equally blamed both President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress, according to...
  • Mark Obenshain prepares next steps in Attorney General vote count

    11/13/2013 3:47:57 PM PST · by Kenny · 12 replies
    ABC/Channel 8 ^ | November 13, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sen. Mark Obenshain says he's going to outline his next steps in the nearly knotted race for attorney general.</p> <p>The Harrisonburg Republican has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday in Richmond. Unofficial state election results show Democratic Sen. Mark Herring with a narrow lead over Obenshain.</p>
  • Business to tea party: Get out of our way

    11/13/2013 6:49:41 AM PST · by Qbert · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | 13 Nov 2013 | Lawrence Delevingne
    The recent elections underlined a growing tension in political money circles: Business people are increasingly fed up with the activist wing of the Republican Party. It's a trend that will have broad implications for next year's midterm elections and the presidential race in 2016, political experts say. [Snip] And there's more to come. Business interests appear to be rallying behind moderate Republicans Brian Ellis, David Trott and Mike Simpson against tea party-approved challengers Justin Amash, Kerry Bentivolio and Bryan Smith for House seats in 2014 (Ellis and Trott are running in Michigan and Simpson is in Idaho). [Snip] "If the...
  • Evidence of Widespread Voter Fraud Found in Virginia Governor’s Race (who knew?)

    11/13/2013 4:14:34 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 68 replies
    Federalist Press ^ | November 9, 2013
    Richmond, VA–Merely hours after the close of a bitter and divisive Governor’s race in Virginia that saw Democrat Terry McAuliffe pull out a win over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, irregularities in voting data have emerged. According to mainstream media outlets McAuliffe supposedly defeated Cuccinelli in a razor-thin 47-46 percent victory to become the next Governor of the great state of Virginia. Immediately following the announcement, Cuccinelli’s office opened a full investigation into the legitimacy of the vote and quickly turned up surprising results. In 13 districts, multiple instances of intimidation at the polls were reported. Large black men wearing...
  • Why Most Postmortems of Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race Are Wrong

    11/13/2013 5:52:03 AM PST · by 1010RD · 74 replies
    Roll Call Rothenblog ^ | 11/11/13 | Stu Rothenberg
    The dust has settled (mostly) from last week’s elections, so I thought it time to present a very different assessment of what happened in Virginia than the snapshot I’ve seen from others. For example, Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices, Women Vote Action Fund distributed a wholly self-serving and unconvincing memo titled “Unmarried Women Cast Deciding Votes in Virginia Election.” It’s unconvincing, of course, because Republicans always lose unmarried women, regardless of an election’s outcome. Unmarried women are more liberal than most voters and are not part of any winning Republican coalition. NBC’s Domenico Montanaro and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart...
  • Herring now holds lead in AG race (Dems stealing another election)

    11/11/2013 5:14:50 PM PST · by RB156 · 35 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 11, 2013 | Markus Schmidt
    In an attorney general’s race that remains too close to call, Republican Mark D. Obenshain began today with a 17-vote edge over Democrat Mark R. Herring. But by afternoon, the pendulum had swung the other way when the numbers in four Richmond precincts were updated, putting Herring ahead by 115 votes out of more than 2 million cast statewide.
  • The Real Reason Libertarians Aren't Settling For Conservatism

    11/11/2013 10:35:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 333 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Rachel Burger
    Yesterday, Derek Hunter declared that libertarianism has entirely lost its meaning, that the party has devolved into a catch-all for people who want to criticize the government without doing anything about it. He also assumed that any Republican candidate would be better than a Democrat for classical liberals. Hunter could not be more wrong. The Libertarian Party is still the face of “individual responsibility, small government, and free markets,” but how the LP arranges those priorities is changing. The Party needs to represent its constituency, appeal to young voters who largely have experience with Ron Paul, and has to emphasize...
  • A 2014 U.S. Senate Run for Ken Cuccinelli?

    11/12/2013 8:52:29 AM PST · by Moseley · 19 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | November 12, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Virginia Republicans may have a strong candidate for the 2014 US Senate seat in Ken Cuccinelli. As reported in the Daily Caller, conservative writer and Congressional candidate Quin Hillyer gives voice to a movement to draft Ken to run against incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Warner. Yet it would be a problem for the 2013 campaigner Ken Cuccinelli to run for U.S. Senate, from what we saw in Ken's unsuccessful campaign for governor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ken Cuccinelli as a potential senator. Yet Ken will fail badly unless he fires his 2013 campaign strategists, consultants, and leaders,...
  • Star Parker - Why Republicans lost Virginia governor's race

    11/11/2013 6:20:29 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 36 replies
    www.crescent-news.com ^ | November 11, 2013 4:13PM | Star Parker
    Politics is in the eye of the beholder. Post-mortems about the Virginia gubernatorial race are gushing forth about why Republican Ken Cuccinelli lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a business-as-usual political retread from the Clinton crowd. They tell us more about who produces this punditry than about the reality of the situation. We're hearing that tea party activists killed Cuccinelli's candidacy with the government shutdown (according to The Wall Street Journal editorial page, they "stabbed him in the back") and that, once again, a socially conservative Republican candidate has shown he can't win women's votes. What I see is very different....
  • Reince Priebus: RNC 'proud' of Virginia gubernatorial effort

    11/11/2013 1:18:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 10, 2013 | Zack Colman
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday defended the party's strategy in the Virginia gubernatorial race against attacks from conservative groups that it didn't do enough to help GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Tea Party groups said the GOP establishment kept its wallet closed to Cuccinelli, the conservative attorney general who lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday. Democratic party organizations, those groups said, spent more heavily on McAuliffe than the GOP did on Cuccinelli. But Priebus said the RNC invested heavily in Cuccinelli's "ground game," commenting that he was "proud" of the effort. "The RNC outside the presidential election...
  • The Problem With Libertarians

    11/07/2013 4:59:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 215 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    There was a time I called myself a Libertarian. And there was a time I was a Libertarian. I just wanted to get government to leave me alone, to leave people alone and to go all crazy and limit itself to doing only that which is spelled out clearly in the Constitution. That was what a Libertarian was. But it’s not anymore. The word no longer has any meaning, no definition or parameters, certainly no coherent philosophy to speak of. And there’s no one to blame for that except Libertarians themselves. So what happened? By not even loosely defining...
  • Cuccinelli Only the Latest Conservative Candidate Targeted by G.O.P.

    11/09/2013 5:15:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/9/2013 | Lee Cary
    The Republican establishment continues to undercut the campaigns of conservative candidates.  Ken Cuccinelli was just the latest.   In early 2013, a Texas-based Tea Party website posted a series of articles that documented how the G.O.P. establishment, at the county, state and national levels, had worked against six candidates supported by Tea Party organizations -- five running for House seats, and one G.O.P. nominee for a U.S. Senate seat. A seventh case detailed how the Chair of the Illinois State Republican Central Committee was chosen. It illustrates the "Illinois Combine" - the bipartisan collaborative formula going national these days.   The...
  • VA:McAuliffe’s Narrow Victory Comes in Spite of Bloomberg’s “help”

    11/09/2013 4:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    NSSF ^ | 8 November, 2013 | Larry Keane
    Victory has a thousand fathers, as the saying goes, while defeat is always an orphan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making sure everyone knows he has a claim for paternity when it comes to the narrow victory won by Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.Bloomberg hit the cable-news airwaves  the day after the Virginia election to argue McAuliffe’s narrow victory was proof the state’s voters were swayed by the $1.2 million he spent on TV advertisements  pushing gun control measures during the last days of the race.There’s just one problem. In the two weeks after Bloomberg got...
  • NRA beat Bloomberg anti-gun group in 65 of 67 Va. delegate races

    11/08/2013 7:18:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Nearly 10 percent of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns retired from their job or were sacked in Tuesday’s elections, including the organization’s two leaders: Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Some 95 key members of the group that targets and criticizes lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association are losing their title of “mayor.” According to an election review of Bloomberg's membership list of about 1,000, three quit the group, 69 retired from their jobs, and 23 were rejected by voters.On the retirement list: Bloomberg and Menino.Among the defeated members of Mayors Against Illegal...