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  • Don't Dump Pennsylvania's Governor

    04/17/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Be careful, Pennsylvania people. You can't afford to blow it this fall. Your great state is, I'm sorry to say, already not so great when it comes to fiscal solvency. Don't make it worse by dumping your Republican governor, Tom Corbett. Despite the Marcellus Shale boom that's turned Pennsylvania into the Saudi Arabia of natural gas, the Keystone State's current fiscal condition is almost as dire as New Jersey's. According to a recent Mercatus Center study of every state's ability to balance its budgets and still pay for health care and pension costs, Pennsylvania is ranked No. 42. Jersey (50),...
  • Fox: Christie, Bush and Paul are top GOP picks -- today -- for 2016

    04/17/2014 7:14:48 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Dana Blanton
    With about 20 months to go before the Iowa precinct caucuses, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul lead the pack for the Republican presidential nomination. Three possible GOP candidates capture double-digit support among self-identified Republicans: Christie receives 15 percent, which puts him just ahead of Bush and Paul both at 14 percent. Next, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan receives nine percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at eight percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at seven percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...
  • Neither Erdogan’s victory, nor the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests are an Ottoman slap

    04/15/2014 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15 2014 | Nervana Mahmoud
    Following a trail of setbacks, Islamists in the Arab world have something to celebrate. Their hero, Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, has won in TurkeyÂ’s local elections, a victory Islamists in the Arab world are selling to their followers as their own. The relationship between ErdoÄŸan and his Arab Islamists is based on mutual exploitation. ErdoÄŸan engineers more domestic popularity for himself by harping on the misfortunes of Islamists. At the same time, Arab Islamists market ErdoÄŸanÂ’s success as proof of the soundness of their ideology, and use his success as a tool to counter misgivings among their junior cadres and supporters....
  • Thad Cochran Won't You Please Come Home by The Boomers and Conservative Desoto Co. Voters

    04/14/2014 11:14:26 AM PDT · by jdirt · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 13, 2014 | Thomas Jefferson
    Thad Cochran Music Video, check it out !!
  • Presidential candidate: Ukraine’s Kiev-appointed local authorities rely on hired gangs

    04/10/2014 10:20:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    ITAR ^ | 4-11-12 | ITAR
    Ukraine’s presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev says the new local authorities that Kiev has appointed in the country’s southern and eastern regions rely on militias hired especially for a crackdown on opponents of the new leadership. “This job is being done by militants on the payroll of the local authorities,” Tsarev told the Russian government-published daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview. “In all regions of Ukraine’s South and East the newly-appointed governors have special deputies in charge of such matters. Each is in command of a group of about two hundred ‘hired soldiers’.” Tsarev said the militias were not necessarily members...
  • Nebraska Gubernatorial Debate

    03/23/2014 7:22:57 PM PDT · by WTFOVR · 1 replies
    March 23, 2014 | WTFOVR
    Television Re-Broadcast: KSNB 4 to air at 9:25 PM CT, Sun. Mar. 23)
  • Scott Wagner the presumed winner in 28th Senate

    03/19/2014 1:27:51 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 43 replies ^ | 3/19/2014 | Christina Kauffman
    In what appears to be an unexpected victory for a conservative businessman who had made s point of bucking his own party, Republican Scott Wagner is presumed to have won a write-in campaign to defeat party nominee Ron Miller for an open seat in the state Senate. The closely watched, hotly contested face-off ended in disappointment for the Republican mainstay and a first major victory for the tea party in York County. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, write-in votes totaled 10,595 or 47.7 percent, to Miller's 5,920 or 26.6 percent. Democrat Linda Small of New Freeedom...
  • ICYMI: Vote Fraud Caught on Camera

    03/15/2014 11:50:34 AM PDT · by ChristinaKB
    TCOT Report ^ | March 13, 201 | Christina Botteri
    A man is in custody after he tried to run over a Border Patrol agent while smuggling a load of marijuana. It happened Friday morning at 11:20 a.m. in the La Casita area near Rio Grande City. Starr County Sheriff Office investigators confirm the driver of a brown Tahoe ran into a Border Patrol unit head on. The agent then opened fire from inside his unit. Authorities said the shots went through the agents windshield and into the suspects windshield, but the suspect was not hit. The suspect, who is from the area, was arrested and is said to have...
  • It Wasn't Supposed to Happen This Way...

    03/12/2014 9:59:26 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 39 replies
    Vanity | 3/12/14 | pgyanke
    It wasn't supposed to happen this way. Obamacare was supposed to be a winning issue for the Democrats. How did it become the anchor around their necks? A botched implementation. The script as it was supposed to occur... The Democrats gave America universal healthcare! For the first time in our misogynist, racist, homophobic history we were going to take care of all Americans, not just those with money. The millions of uninsured Americans and their illegal brethren would identify the Democrats as the giver of all good governmental things and they would enjoy electoral success. They stood up to the...
  • Governor Quinn Was Unaware of Pol's Husband's Windfall

    03/11/2014 10:51:00 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March10, 2014 | Dave McKinney
    Governor Pat Quinn’s administration Monday said he was unaware that Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown’s husband made a six-figure windfall from the governor’s now-disbanded, $54.5 million anti-violence program. A top Quinn aide also hit the top Senate Republican for her searing criticism that the husband’s payday amounted to “pure cronyism.” Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, who has pushed for a federal criminal investigation into the program, shot back Monday, describing the governor’s office’s sensitivity to her statements as “an overreaction” and proof Quinn is “vulnerable” politically from the program. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Benton Cook, Brown’s...
  • Kim Jong-Un In Unanimous Vote Win (Wins Seat In NK Parliament With 100% Of The Vote)

    03/10/2014 3:12:05 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/10/2014 | BBC News
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media say. Mr Kim's 100% approval from his Mount Paektu constituency reflects the "absolute support" of people in the country, KCNA news agency says. The elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday had just one name on the ballot for each district. It was the first time such a poll had been held since Mr Kim assumed power.
  • 'Thug' in Quinn's anti-violence program accused in murder of teen co-worker

    03/08/2014 5:05:20 PM PST · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Dave McKinney and Frank Main
    Jermalle Brown and Douglas Bufford were gang members hired to combat violence on the South Side through a program hatched by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. Paid with taxpayer funds to hand out anti-violence pamphlets, the teens were part-time foot soldiers in the governor’s $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a program described as “a comprehensive and concerted effort to keep our young people safe, off the streets and in school.” Quinn launched that program a month before his 2010 election as an answer to gun carnage in the city — even though murders that year dipped to a nearly 50-year low....
  • Vote-Buying Scandal Rattles Valley Politics

    03/06/2014 12:01:09 PM PST · by Paine in the Neck · 5 replies
    Texas Observer ^ | March 4, 2014 | Melissa del Bosque
    The FBI investigates the use of politiqueras in Valley elections. In the deeply Democratic Rio Grande Valley, the primary is the election that matters. And in local races like county commissioner and district attorney a sliver of votes can make a difference between winning and losing the election. Many times, paid campaign workers called “politiqueras” deliver the votes that put a candidate over the top. Politiqueras—who are paid to turn out voters, especially in low-income neighborhoods and colonias—have been part of elections in the Rio Grande Valley for decades. But the recent suicide of a school board president in the...
  • Texas Voters Take A Stand: 9 out of 10 Want Obamacare Repealed and Welfare Recipients Drug Tested

    03/05/2014 7:32:56 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-5-2014 | Mac Slavo
    Texas Voters Take A Stand: 9 out of 10 Want Obamacare Repealed and Welfare Recipients Drug Tested Mac Slavo March 5th, 2014 Texas-Takes-Stand Just because one part of the country has seemingly lost its mind and is willing to give up their freedom for the promise of more security doesn’t mean everyone is on board. In Texas, where voters took to the polls Tuesday night, a completely different set of ideas is at play. And if nationwide sentiment is any indication, other conservative and libertarian leaning states will soon follow. Though only about half of the votes have been...
  • Obama's caution on Ukraine may loom over midterm election [also, live breaking news from Ukraine]

    03/04/2014 12:14:33 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 131 replies
    reuters ^ | March 3, 2014 | By Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - With Russia's incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections that will help shape his legacy. For five years, Obama has practiced a cautious approach to foreign policy crises, prizing sober diplomacy and the search for consensus over brinkmanship, in prolonged conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the deliberative style that Obama's team sees as a statesmanlike attitude in tune with Americans'...
  • Trevor Loudon's Interesting Dream Team For 2016

    02/28/2014 9:37:17 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 22 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | February 28, 2014 | Trevor Loudon
    New Zealander Trevor Loudon was at the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix on February 21st and 22nd, 2014. He is quite the American Patriot. In this excerpt from his Friday night speech, he shares his ideal Dream Team for 2016. Video at the site.
  • Can We Save the Soul of the GOP?

    02/22/2014 3:21:09 PM PST · by callthemlikeyouseethem · 95 replies ^ | Feb 22, 2014 | Steve Deace
    The “Republican” brand is severely tarnished. Currently just 25% of Americans identify themselves as “Republicans.” On the other hand, 38% of Americans identify themselves as “conservative,” which is more than any other ideological group by 15 points. These numbers are prompting a national conversation about how to “save the soul of the Republican Party” among conservatives, or if the party is still worth saving at all.
  • VIDEO: Battleground Texas Illegally Copying Voter Data

    02/19/2014 3:24:43 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | February 19,2014 | VERITASVISUAL
    Shades of ACORN!
  • Who I am Voting For (Texas)

    02/19/2014 12:59:13 PM PST · by MeanWestTexan · 120 replies
    Vanity | 2.19.2014 | Meanwesttexan
    After due research, this is my voting list. I came back special to Midland for this vote, so want to make sure I am correct: Would appreciate comments and concerns: 1. Senate --- Stovall (close second, Stockman) The Great Cornholio is a disgrace with what he said and has done to Cruz. He's got to go. 2. Governor --- Greg Abbot 3. Lt. Governor -- Dan Patrick (Do worst has to go) 4. Attorney General ---- Gen Paxton 5. Comptroller --- Harvey Hildebran, hands down (Met Glenn Hegar -- VERY unimpressed.) 6. Commisioner GLO --- David Watts. George P Bush...
  • Thad Cochran, In Trouble and Not Making It Any Better

    02/18/2014 4:58:15 PM PST · by Islander7 · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Feb 18, 2014 | By Rich Lowry
    --------- snip Comments like this won’t help his cause. From USA Today: Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., made a surprising admission to a local Mississippi news outlet during a Monday campaign swing: “The Tea Party is something I don’t really know a lot about,” he told WLOX.
  • Early voting begins Tuesday (Feb. 18, 2014) -- TEXAS primaries

    02/18/2014 5:36:37 AM PST · by deport · 15 replies
    AUSTIN — Texans can start casting ballots for the March 4 Democratic and Republican primaries. Early voting begins Tuesday. Secretary of State Nandita Berry says voters can cast early ballots through Feb. 28. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Friday. Photo identification is required to vote in person. The general election will be held Nov. 4. What’s on the ballot? Finding my Polling Place
  • Idaho gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher to speak in Post Falls TONIGHT

    02/17/2014 4:48:19 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    2/17/2014 | Vanity
    Idaho GOP gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher is speaking this evening from 6 - 7:30 PM at the Garden Plaza retirement facility on Mullan Ave. in Post Falls. Fulcher is currently an Idaho state senator from Meridian which is down near Boise. He is a consistent conservative who has stood up to RINO Gov. Butch Otter many times. North Idahoans should try to get to this event as his candidacy gains steam.
  • The American Flag Daily: The 36th Ballot

    02/17/2014 7:23:59 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | February 17, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1801, the fourth presidential election in the United States' history was finally decided. Presidential electors (which at that time could vote for two candidates) had cast 73 ballots each for Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. This caused the election to be decided in the House of Representatives, which cast 36 ballots in 6 days. For the first 35 ballots, Jefferson won 8 states - one short of the required 9. Finally, on the 36th ballot, representatives from Maryland and Vermont changed their votes, giving Jefferson 10 states and the win. The Constitution was amended in 1804...
  • High cost of an ego trip (Dana Milbank's Feminist Rant)

    02/15/2014 6:00:07 PM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2014 | Ms. Dana Milbank
    But 15 minutes after the voting should have ended, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had apparently secured only two of the five Republican votes he needed to join all 55 members of the Democratic caucus to pass the measure. He raised three fingers in the air and worked his way among his members but was met with folded arms and shakes of the head. Looking queasy, he patted his thigh nervously and drummed his fingers. In the hubbub, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) knocked a full glass of water and coaster from McConnell’s desk to the floor. Democrats, watching the spectacle,...
  • Confessions of a Senator Lindsey Graham Telephone Town Hall Meeting Participant

    02/14/2014 11:55:21 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 25 replies
    Telephone call | February 14, 2014 | Self
    As in the previous Sen. Lindsey Graham phone town hall meeting, there was no warning; the phone rang and it was Sen. Graham conducting the town hall meeting. Senator Graham expressed his genuine concern for each caller, asking if they are warm and have power. He explained he was "stuck" in Washington, DC, since all flights out of DC were cancelled. The implication was that he would rather be headed back to South Carolina to be with "his people". Senator Graham answered numerous calls that were presented to be random participants of the town hall meeting (dial *3 to get...
  • Gansler supports commuter discount on ICC

    02/10/2014 10:16:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 7, 2014 | Michael Dresser
    Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, running for the Democratic nomination for governor, proposed Friday that the state give commuters a break on the tolls on the Intercounty Connector in the Washington suburbs. Gansler's campaign issued a statement and a video in which the candidate asserted that ICC traffic and revenue are well below projections because of high tolls. According to the Gansler camp, usage is 20 percent lower than expected and revenues are 20-45 percent below projections. The attorney general said his plan for a 50 percent discount for commuters who make at least 15 trips a month on the...
  • Senator Cries “Foul” over Campaign Ads

    02/09/2014 11:50:53 AM PST · by John Semmens · 34 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) expressed outrage over a series of campaign ads informing voters of her support for the Affordable Care Act. While not disputing the accuracy of the content, Hagan contended that “the more important question is who is behind these ads.” “Whether I voted for the Affordable Care Act years ago is a moot issue at this point in time,” the Senator claimed. “The past cannot be undone. What matters is the future. The money being put into rehashing the past by the Americans for Prosperity campaign against me is obscuring this crucial fact.” “Instead of allowing themselves...
  • Dems May Copyright “Obamacare” Name

    02/01/2014 10:18:41 AM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    Inspired by the NFL's aggressive action against unauthorized use of the term “Super Bowl,” the Obama Administration is reportedly taking steps to copyright the term “Obamacare.” The most recent example of the NFL's protection of its copyright occurred when the town of East Rutherford, New Jersey—site of Super Bowl XLVIII—was barred from calling its pre-game block party a “Super Bowl” party. “We understand that the people of East Rutherford might feel they have some rights because they funded the stadium,” said NFL spokesman Harvey Hogg. “Well, they have the right to see the game played in their home town if...
  • Sandra Fluke For Senate? Rocket Scientists Unite!

    01/30/2014 4:00:48 PM PST · by xuberalles · 38 replies
    Self | 1/30/14 | Self
    How ridiculous and devoid of any standards has the left become? Sandra Fluke is considering running for a Senate seat. Her extensive resume? Demanding free contraception at taxpayer expense while sipping a $5 cup of joe from Starbucks. Wow, so very impressive! Considering the apathy and idiocy plaguing the electorate, I wouldn't be surprised if she won. I'm going to start demanding free gas money from PETA so I can go to KFC and stimulate the economy with food stamps. What's next...the ACLU suing to end the Americans with Disabilities Act because Sandra Fluke can't bum a ride on Stephen...
  • Republicans have a new favorite for 2016 (the Establishment does, we don't)

    01/29/2014 1:16:59 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 56 replies ^ | 1/29/14 | Alexis Levinson
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who made headlines last week after Democrats jumped on a comment he made about their treatment of women, is the new 2016 favorite of Republican primary voters, according to a new poll out Wednesday. Huckabee leads the primary field with 16 percent of the vote in Public Policy Polling’s new national poll, up three points from PPP’s poll last month. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is also on the rise: he jumped to second place with 14 percent, up from 10 percent last month. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was the frontrunner in December...
  • Mitch McConnell’s challenger explains what is at stake in this election

    01/28/2014 5:16:03 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 1/27/14
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Senate seat is in trouble. Polling shows that if Sen. McConnell is to make it through the Republican primary, he could very well lose to the Democratic challenger. Fortunately, there is a very strong candidate seeking the Republican nomination, and over the last several months he has significantly closed the gap in the polls while gaining the endorsement of many conservative institutions. On radio this morning, Matt Bevin joined Glenn to discuss the progress of his campaign and why he believes the 2014 election is so important. “I am really thrilled to have on...
  • Medical marijuana ballot called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott

    01/27/2014 12:46:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies ^ | January 24, 2014 | By William March |
    TAMPA -- Some Florida Republicans fear, and some Democrats hope, that a November referendum on legalizing medical marijuana in Florida will drive young and liberal voters to the polls, helping Democratic candidates including gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist. The initiative, still not certified for the November ballot, is generating charges of political motives from both sides. Some Republicans call it an expensive ploy by Crist's backers to help him win. "It is no coincidence that Charlie Crist's law partner and biggest supporter, John Morgan, is financing medical marijuana," said Gainesville-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. "It's a plan." Some Democrats, meanwhile, say...
  • The Divine Office: The Elect

    01/22/2014 9:56:14 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 9 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/22/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    By an utterly free and mysterious decree of his own wisdom and goodness, the eternal Father created the whole world. His plan was to dignify men with a participation in his own divine life. When in Adam men had fallen, he did not abandon them, but ceaselessly offered them help to salvation, in anticipation of Christ the Redeemer, ‘who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature’. All the elect, before time began, the Father ‘foreknew and predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he should be the firstborn among many brethren’.
  • As Wendy Davis touts life story in race for governor, key facts blurred

    01/19/2014 5:58:08 AM PST · by slumber1 · 87 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 1-19-14 | Wayne Slater
    FORT WORTH — Wendy Davis has made her personal story of struggle and success a centerpiece of her campaign to become the first Democrat elected governor of Texas in almost a quarter-century. While her state Senate filibuster last year captured national attention, it is her biography — a divorced teenage mother living in a trailer who earned her way to Harvard and political achievement — that her team is using to attract voters and boost fundraising. The basic elements of the narrative are true, but the full story of Davis’ life is more complicated, as often happens when public figures...
  • In new film, a dramatic look at Mitt Romney's loss of confidence

    01/18/2014 4:27:38 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 126 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2014 | Byron York
    A new documentary about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The film, "Mitt," is an extraordinarily intimate look at the former Massachusetts governor as he ran for president twice, in 2008 and 2012. Director Greg Whiteley had impressed Romney with his 2005 documentary "New York Doll," which brilliantly chronicled a broken-down rock musician's conversion to Mormonism, and for the new film, Romney gave Whiteley unprecedented freedom to record behind-the-scenes moments as the candidate and his family endured the trials of two presidential campaigns..... the old lack of confidence came out again...
  • Field of chairman candidates whittled to one

    01/08/2014 12:55:57 PM PST · by Migraine · 1 replies
    The White Mountain Independent ^ | January 7, 2014 | David Roberts
    WHITERIVER — Just when politics were being eliminated from White Mountain Apache tribal operations, politics appeared again, this time during the run-up to the election. The supposedly independent WMAT Election Commission issued a decision Dec. 31 that of nine candidates for tribal chairman, only one, current Chairman Ronnie Lupe, qualified through his nominating petitions. Lupe has told The Independent that he has spent the last four years trying to eliminate politics from most facets of tribal operations. How Lupe’s petition passed muster when no one else’s did, they did not say. However, they did tell candidates that there were many...
  • Need Some Advice on Elective Office

    01/03/2014 11:52:48 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 18 replies
    Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania ^ | 30 December 2013 | Westmoreland County Elections Bureau
    My apologies for the vanity, but I could use some advice from experienced Freepers. Yesterday, I got notification from our County's election bureau that I was elected to both JUDGE OF ELECTION and MINORITY INSPECTOR of ELECTION in our precinct.I didn't run for the office, but I have suspicions that a few of my neighbors wrote me in during the November 5 election.I am curious to know why I am getting notified only now, almost two months later. I'd also like some advice as to what these positions actually do and whether I should decline the lower office as they...
  • Philippine Gun Ban in Effect for Most of 2013

    12/30/2013 6:10:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Small workshop pistol in Danao, Philippines In 1972, Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator in the Philippines, instituted a nationwide gun ban.   Police went house to house confiscating firearms.  Firearms that were confiscated were never returned.    While the current gun ban is not so draconian, it amounts to a ban on carrying guns outside of the home for most of the year during election years, which occur every three years.  In 2013, the ban started on January 13, and lasted until June 12. It then started up again on September 28 and ended on November 12. That is 225 days...
  • Five Senate races to watch

    12/29/2013 1:15:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2013 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats and Republicans are amassing enormous war chests for a midterm battle that will decide who controls the Senate for the remainder of President Obama’s term. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to reclaim the Senate majority, and are gunning for Democratic incumbents in conservative-leaning states like Arkansas, Alaska, North Carolina, West Virginia and Louisiana. Democrats are mostly playing defense, but see a few opportunities to peel away seats from the GOP column. Here are the five Senate races to watch in 2014. KENTUCKY The reelection bid of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the marquee race...
  • NY Times Ready to Cover Chris Christie Exactly How They Covered Mitt Romney: Badly

    12/27/2013 5:18:22 PM PST · by shepardspie33 · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/27/2013 | Noah Rothman
    If you thought the political press was taking stock of its 2012 election year coverage of Mitt Romney’s campaign and was preparing to make some course corrections in order to ensure fairer coverage of the GOP candidates ahead of 2016, you would be mistaken. Indeed, the New York Times appears to view 2012 not as an aberration but as a model for how to cover future Republican presidential campaigns. The first indication that the Times is gearing up to make a Mitt Romney out of Chris Christie came in early December as “bridge-gate,” the allegation that New Jersey’s governor sought...
  • (Hillary) Clinton: 2016 decision (to run for president) will come next year

    12/19/2013 9:08:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2013 | Mario Trujillo
    Hillary Clinton said she would look carefully at running for president in 2016 and decide sometime next year. In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, the former secretary of State said she has still not made up her mind about a second run for the White House. "Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year,” she said. Clinton, who has made similar comments in the past, is widely expected to run for president, and early polling has shown her with a large advantage in the Democratic primary. Clinton said...
  • Reid: ObamaCare will help Dems hold the Senate majority in 2014

    12/18/2013 11:10:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 18, 2013 | Alexander Bolton and Bob Cusack
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) thinks the healthcare law will ultimately help Senate Democrats in 2014 even though some incumbents fear a backlash at the polls. “I think for sure it will be a net positive,” said Reid, who expects the law to become more of a political benefit as problems are smoothed out by Election Day. “I think so by then for sure.” Reid said feedback to the Obama administration from Democratic senators has helped improve the federal enrollment site since its disastrous launch in October. “It’s gotten significantly better, but it was significantly bad so it...
  • Fascinating Virginia election analysis from The Economist

    12/16/2013 12:36:36 PM PST · by crusher · 34 replies
    The Economist ^ | 12/14/2013 | unidentified Economist write (w/crusher commentary)
    A friend sent this to me.|hig|12-12-2013|7186683|35023729|NA It is exceedingly well written and I think the analysis is pretty much on the mark as far as it goes (who knew that the home for non-moonbat crazy lefties [admittedly a pretty much extinct creature] would be The Economist?). I especially appreciated their commentary on the Virginia election. But I think there is a much more visceral reality at play here. The McAuliffe Campaign made a calculated strategy that proved to be inspired and profound, which if followed skillfully without an equally skillful response from Republicans will, I think, result in the...
  • Why voting irregularities could swing the Virginia AG recount to Republicans (Obenshain/Herring)

    12/12/2013 8:20:23 AM PST · by ScottinVA · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 December 2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    If you’re wondering why Virginia Republicans are willing to fight over the attorney general’s race, it’s because the post has become almost as important as the governorship. Not only could the outcome impact continuing legal issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, it would likely impact the number of Republicans in the U.S. Congress. Right now, Virginia has eight Republicans and three Democrats in the U.S. House. Prior to the redistricting — which was controlled by a Republican General Assembly and signed by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell — Republicans held just a six-to-five majority. Democrat Mark Herring — should he become...
  • Are we radical enough to win big in 2014? (vanity)

    12/11/2013 7:58:01 PM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 21 replies
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    I am encouraged to see the Tea Party surging nationwide. I think a total Tea Party takeover of the GOP would be the best thing that could happen. But we cannot stop there. We must have the courage of our convictions. We need to be radical. We need to speak LOUDLY of balancing the budget WITHOUT new taxes (in fact we need to CUT taxes) by the end of 2015. That's right. Not in 20 years or 10 years like Paul Ryan would do. We need to assert a willingness to balance the budget in ONE year. It could be...
  • Texas Conservative Steve Stockman to Challenge Senator John Cornyn

    12/10/2013 6:27:10 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 19 replies
    New York times ^ | 11/10/2013 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    WASHINGTON — In a surprise move, Representative Steve Stockman of Texas, a conservative, filed just before the Monday evening deadline to challenge Senator John Cornyn, two-term incumbent, in next year’s Texas Republican primary. Mr. Stockman’s move against Mr. Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican, offers the potential for yet another ideological showdown in the 2014 Republican Senate primaries.
  • NC Democrats: Too early to tell health care’s election impact (PLEASE change the conversation)

    11/30/2013 12:18:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    News Observer ^ | 11/30/13 | Renee Schoof
    Democratic leaders in counties across the state say they don’t think problems with the health care law will hurt their party or Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election efforts next year – even as they work on a post-holiday game plan to change the conversation. **SNIP** Local Democrats haven’t done a lot to get their message out yet, but Campbell said it will be along these lines: “Why wouldn’t we want health care for everyone? Isn’t that a good thing? Yes, it’s complicated and yes it’s having problems launching. We hate that, and I’m ever hopeful it will start working better...
  • DNC gets Obama campaign treasure chest

    11/21/2013 4:20:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2013 | Justin Sink
    President Obama's campaign will transfer voter data, turnout models, and information about supporters who volunteered on behalf of the president to the Democratic National Committee, in a move Democrats say will boost the party's efforts ahead of the midterm elections. The decision to turn over the data to the DNC comes despite initial discussions about creating an external corporation to house the Obama campaign data. Those deliberations had sparked concern that the committee may have been prevented from full access to the modeling and data systems widely credited with helping propel the president to two consecutive victories. "It's a big...
  • 'Duck Dynasty' Upset in Louisiana May Herald More Surprises in GOP Races

    11/17/2013 7:14:59 PM PST · by statestreet · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 17, 2013 | John Gizzi
    Hours after political unknown Vance McAllister pulled off a startling upset Saturday night in the special election for Congress in Louisiana's 5th District, pundits and pols were scrambling to figure out how he did it — and whether a trend of "Mr. Outside" and "Miss Outside" defeating established politicians in Republican primaries has begun for 2014.