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  • Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest

    08/28/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Bill Glauber
    Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 27, 2014 A spokeswoman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee on Labor Day. No further details were available for Monday's visit, but multiple media sources said that Obama will be attending Laborfest at Maier Festival Park. A White House official later confirmed the president would visit the city for an event Monday. Obama was a frequent visitor to Milwaukee and Madison during the 2012 campaign, and was here in 2010 for Laborfest, speaking to a crowd of...
  • Tea party voters could dump Mitch McConnell just by staying home

    08/28/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 103 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 8/28/14 | David Horsey
    he dilemma facing the true grass-roots tea party believers -- the dilemma they do not acknowledge -- is that their primary goal of whittling and whacking away at big government undercuts their secondary goal of saving the middle class from the greedy grip of big corporations.. If Democrats have a unifying philosophy, it is that government needs to be effective enough to curtail the economic and environmental abuses of unfettered capitalism. Republicans, on the other hand, preach the dogma that smaller government and unrestricted corporate power serves the best interests of the common man and woman. The tea party folks...
  • Chris McDaniel: ‘People Need to See the Ugly Under Belly of Some Elements of the Republican Party’

    08/28/2014 6:16:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | 8/27/14 | Matthew Burke
    Constitutional conservative Mississippi Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel told Tim Constantine on TPNN’s Capitol Hill Show on Wednesday, that Republican establishment-backed, 76-year-old Senator Thad Cochran’s campaign stole the recent runoff election in Mississippi, that he had proof, and hoped his current court challenge will not only overturn the election, but will allow people to see the “ugly, ugly under belly of some element of the Republican Party.” McDaniel, who defeated Cochran, nicknamed the “King of Pork” in the prior Mississippi Senate primary, but failed to avoid a forced runoff vote because neither he nor Cochran passed the fifty percent threshold. “They...
  • Trial set for woman accused of running over husband

    08/27/2014 2:04:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-27-14
    <p>An Oct. 20 trial has been set for a Mesa woman accused of running over her husband with an SUV because he didn't vote in the 2012 presidential election.</p>
  • Poll: Scott Walker’s lead grows with registered Wisconsin voters… but trails among likely voters?

    08/27/2014 4:11:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fresh numbers from Marquette University Law School’s respected pollster confirms that Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race remains extremely tight. The head-to-head match up sits within the margin of error, but this split is unusual: New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker at 47.5%, Burke at 44.1% among registered voters. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 27, 2014 Among likely voters, Burke has 48.6% and Walker 46.5%, new Marquette Law School Poll shows. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 27, 2014 Walker has improved his standing with registered voters since MU Law’s May and July surveys, but has fallen among respondents who are likely to vote....
  • What’s the matter with Kansas?; Republicans are in trouble in a supposedly "wave" election year

    08/27/2014 7:38:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have reason to hope for a wave election in 2014, with Barack Obama’s approval ratings sinking to a six-year floor and Democrats defending several red-state Senate seats. That wave hasn’t washed ashore in Kansas, which one would normally expect to be reliably Republican in the current environment. Republicans even have incumbents running for both the gubernatorial and Senate seats, which should make it an easy hold. According to a new Survey USA poll, though, it looks like both Republican incumbents are in trouble: Despite primary wins 3 weeks ago for both top-ticket incumbent Kansas Republicans – Governor Sam...
  • The GOP Has A Three-Way Problem … (NOT THAT KIND … DUH)

    08/27/2014 5:53:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 74 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 8/26/14
    “Republican” U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is facing a tougher-than-expected reelection battle in Kansas – a state heretofore reliable in its election of GOP nominees. Roberts recently won the “Republican” nomination in the Sunflower State by a 48-41 margin over Tea Party-backed candidate Milton Wolf (with 11 percent of voters supporting other candidates). Game over, right? Wrong … According to the results of a recent Survey USA poll, Roberts is only leading his Democratic opponent Chad Taylor by a 37-32 percent margin. Where’s the rest of the support going? Well, 20 percent of those polled say they’re backing independent candidate Greg...
  • GOP Establishment Senses Opportunity in New Jersey (Or does it?)

    08/27/2014 5:47:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 8/27/14 | Michael Warren
    Do Washington Republicans smell blood in New Jersey? The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP's Senate campaign apparatus, issued a press release Wednesday knocking New Jersey's Democratic senator Cory Booker for being a "tax & spend liberal." The release groups Booker with another incumbent Democrat, Alaska's Mark Begich, as two former mayors (of Newark and Anchorage, respectively) with liberal records. Here's an excerpt: In 2010 on Mayor Cory Booker's watch, Moody's placed Newark's bond rating "on review for possible downgrade as the city has less than three months to close a $70 million current-year budget deficit." In Anchorage, Mark Begich...
  • Florida: Easy Primary Wins for Charlie Crist and Rick Scott

    08/26/2014 7:06:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/26/2014
    MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott and his chief opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, both handily defeated opponents in their parties’ primaries on Tuesday. Mr. Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, faced the tougher challenge, against Nan Rich, a former state senator who calls herself the “real Democrat” in the race. But he easily defeated her, The Associated Press reported. With little statewide name recognition, Ms. Rich did not gain much traction in her efforts to sideline Mr. Crist. But political analysts were keeping an eye on Democratic turnout to see how much enthusiasm Mr. Crist, a moderate, has engendered among Democrats, who once...
  • The Republican Party's Rightward Shift Is Stunningly Represented In Its Birthplace

    08/26/2014 5:59:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    newrepublic.com ^ | 8/25/14 | Alec MacGillis
    There’s been so much talk of late about the transformation of the Republican Party over the course of the last few decades that it is easy to become inured to reports of ideologically extreme new arrivals in the party’s ranks. After a while, the latest pronouncements of Michele Bachmann or Steve King fail to impress. But what is going on right now in Wisconsin’s Sixth Congressional District is truly historic, and demands more attention. The district, northwest of Milwaukee, has been represented for nearly half a century by only two men, both of whom were standard bearers for a brand...
  • Col. Rob Maness Surges in Louisiana Senate Race

    08/25/2014 12:57:05 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    We wanted to share the results of a poll we conducted last week in the Louisiana Senate race. It's good news for conservatives. The survey shows that Col. Rob Maness (R-LA) has climbed into double digits in this three-person race and is now surging. Here are the results: Mary Landrieu (D-LA) — 43% Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — 32% Rob Maness (R-LA) — 16% Other — 1% Undecided — 8% As you may know, Col. Maness started this race with no name awareness, no money, and no organization. But thanks to his hard work, your financial support, and a winning message,...
  • Voter citizenship issue goes before federal court

    08/24/2014 12:31:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 8-24-14 | Roxanna Hegeman
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms. At the crux of the closely watched case in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is whether the federal government or states have ultimate authority to regulate voter registration. Each side contends the U.S. Constitution supports its position. Monday's arguments come after the U.S. Election Assistance Commission filed an appeal seeking to overturn a federal judge's order...
  • You can help a true Conservative defeat President Obama's Cheerleader

    08/24/2014 10:13:49 AM PDT · by Trueblackman · 7 replies
    Vaughn4congress ^ | 24 August 2014 | Trueblackman
    Having secured the Republican Nomination in Maryland's 7th Congressional District, Corrogan Vaughn now needs the help of true Conservatives across the nation to defeat President Obama's #1 cheerleader in the House, Rep. Cummings. Cummings has used his position on the House Oversight Committee over the last 6 years to try to protect President Obama from any type of accountability, while promoting the general lie that any oversight of this President is racist in nature. With the election of Mr. Vaughn, Conservatives can remove this stumbling block to any accountability of this administration, while increasing the number of true Conservatives in...
  • Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen.....

    08/23/2014 11:14:07 AM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    U S Senate Rob Maness ^ | 8/22/14 | Maness Campaign
    Col. Rob Maness Qualifies for Ballot, Calls on LA Secretary of State to Investigate Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Residency Qualifications.... Baton Rouge, LA - This morning, while officially qualifying for the November ballot, Col. Rob Maness (R-Louisiana) today delivered in-person, a letter to Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, calling on him to open an investigation examining the validity of Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) residency status. "It appears that there are significant inconsistencies that warrant an investigation regarding the residency status of one of the candidates who has filed for United States Senate," Maness' letter says. "On Wednesday, August 20, 2014,...
  • After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire

    08/22/2014 6:33:24 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 63 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9:00 AM, Aug 22, 2014 | Michael Warren
    Scott Brown, the Republican Senate candidate in New Hampshire who has struggled to gain traction against his opponent Jeanne Shaheen, is within two points of the incumbent Democrat in a new poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire. The poll shows Shaheen with 46 percent support and Brown, the former GOP senator from Massachusetts, with 44 percent. The previous WMUR-UNH poll, from June, showed Shaheen with a 12-point lead over Brown, 52 percent to 40 percent. After Hitting Shaheen on Immigration, Brown Closes Gap in New Hampshire This is the closest poll of the race since January, with...
  • Hot Louisiana race could send battle for control of the Senate into Overtime

    08/21/2014 8:52:43 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2014 | Carl Cameron
    Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is vying for a fourth term, is facing a stiff Republican challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy in the fall. But unlike most other close races this year, this one threatens to leave majority control of the Senate in limbo until the first week of December. Louisiana has what's known as a "jungle primary" system -- candidates of all parties will appear on the same ballot on Nov. 4. If nobody clears 50 percent on Election Day, the top two vote-getters will proceed to a Dec. 6 runoff. The course of the race so far suggests...
  • Mitt Romney Helping Paul Ryan Promote Pro-Amnesty Book

    08/21/2014 5:19:20 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | by DAN RIEHL
    Mitt Romney and his former running mate, Paul Ryan, will be making their first public appearance together since losing to Obama/Biden two years ago. Ryan is traveling the country to promote a book and is also said to be considering a run for the White House himself. Romney will interview Ryan Thursday night on stage at the Union League Club of Chicago. Ryan's book has met some criticism given its handling of the immigration issue - which is increasingly being exposed as a stone cold loser of an issue in the very mid-term elections Ryan suggested it be used by...
  • Democrats Fail in Effort to Tilt Alaska’s GOP Senate Primary

    08/20/2014 11:49:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | John Fund
    Last night in Alaska, the choice of both establishment Republican Karl Rove and the free-market Club for Growth won over a tea-party-backed candidate — but not by much. With that result comes some lessons for the future about Democratic interference in GOP primaries. The race against Democratic senator Mark Begich this fall will be close and very hard fought — and could determine overall control of the Senate. Miller’s grassroots support gave him a late surge against Sullivan. But one of the biggest drags on the frontrunner was a series of brutal TV ad attacks against him by Put Alaska...
  • Attorney General Holder visits Ferguson as grand jury probes Michael Brown shooting

    08/21/2014 6:20:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Meg Wagner , Corky Siemaszko
    Attorney General Holder visits Ferguson as grand jury probes Michael Brown shooting; demonstrators detained in NYC WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IN VIDEO: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with students near the strife-filled Missouri town, and also talked with police boss state Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson — even as one law officer brought in from out of town was videotaped threatening protesters. In New York, demonstrators took to the streets early Thursday. BY Meg Wagner , Corky Siemaszko NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 3:50 AM Declaring “change is coming,” the nation’s top law enforcement officer arrived...
  • Mitch McConnell’s empty promise: We’ll force Obama to rein in government or else risk a shutdown

    08/21/2014 5:09:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/20/14
    Does anyone actually believe this? I guess Kentucky Republicans who don’t pay attention to politics but who’ll end up deciding this year’s Senate race anyway do. To repeat: Does anyone actually believe this? McConnell was one of the sharpest Republican critics of the “defund” strategy that produced a government shutdown last fall. Watch the clip below if you need your memory refreshed. He’s fond of saying about it, “There’s no education in the second kick of a mule,” i.e. the GOP paid a political price for the 1995 shutdown and then foolishly paid the same price again in 2013 (although...
  • Is it Your Fault, Mark Levin? Or Rudy Guiliani?

    08/20/2014 8:21:13 PM PDT · by Moseley · 12 replies
    BARBWIRE.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    What did we expect? Conservatives in the USA make fun of President Barack Obama spending all his time attending fund-raisers. But they never seemed to notice that Barack Obama is raising funds. Conservatives can’t seem to figure out that what Democrats do at fund-raisers is they actually raise money. Then Democrats win elections. As news broke of the preposterous indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry Friday night, Mark Levin – dubbed “the Great One” by Rush Limbaugh – was outraged, despondent, flummoxed and grumpy. All at once. Levin clearly felt and expressed that a line had been crossed (yet again)....
  • Idea of an L.A. Voteria is gaining currency

    08/20/2014 8:24:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 20 Aug 2014 | Steve Lopez
    he proposal to enter L.A. voters into a cash prize lottery, for the sake of increasing turnout, is easy to attack on numerous fronts. My first reaction to last week's recommendation by the L.A. City Ethics Commission? Horror. Or maybe it wasn't horror so much as anger that anyone would come up with such a sad little gimmick. Throughout history, people have sacrificed their lives for the right to vote, and now we have to offer jackpots to shake people out of their laziness and apathy? "How DUMB!!!" one reader posted on the story by my colleague David Zahniser. "Really???!!!"...
  • Congrats To Texas Dems For Turning Rosemary Lehmberg’s Drunk-Driving Conviction Into National News

    08/20/2014 7:46:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Jim Treacher
    Indicting Rick Perry seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, he’s a Republican who might run for president in 2016! But now he’s fighting back… with Rosemary Lehmberg’s help. Have fun, lefties. Keep defending this hostile, hypocritical, corrupt Democratic Party hack, and we’ll keep reminding everybody what this is all about.
  • Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)

    08/20/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Aaron Gardner
    Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news. But now we have the news of two criminal indictments. Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of...
  • McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama (after he's safely reelected of course)

    08/20/2014 6:03:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/20/14 | Manu Raju
    HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to...
  • Boehner Facing Tough GOP House As Moderate Voices Wane

    08/20/2014 5:49:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 8/20/14
    Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America. And if U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wants to keep his job next year, he had better be sure Grothman and his fellow House of Representatives newcomers are happy. Grothman, the expected winner in a tight Republican primary for the right to succeed 73-year-old Representative Thomas Petri in Wisconsin, is one of more than a dozen vocal conservatives gunning to replace more moderate or pragmatic retiring House Republicans in November's midterm elections. Their arrival could mean...
  • Congressional GOP's pandering to the tea party may haunt them in 2016

    08/20/2014 5:41:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Dick Meyer
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a lackluster election year, the one story that seemed to offer decent drama was the "Tea Party versus the Republican Establishment" conflagration. I am now inclined to think that wasn’t the big story and that the tea party didn’t lose. The tea party did do poorly in elections and is losing support in the electorate. But the movement is gaining power in Congress anyway. And that is likely to hurt the Republican Party badly down the road. That's the story. snip There is one trend that legitimately scares incumbents: They are winning primaries by smaller margins...
  • 100+ ‘moderate’ Republicans back pro-abort Democrat over pro-life stalwart in Kansas gov. race

    08/19/2014 5:16:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 8/18/14 | Dustin Siggins
    One of the nation's most pro-life governors is facing growing opposition from his own party -- and some of that opposition has backed a pro-abortion candidate to replace him. More than 100 self-described “moderate Republicans” have thrown their support behind a pro-abortion Democrat against an embattled pro-life Republican Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, saying economic matters are of greater importance than abortion. The 100 Republicans have endorsed Paul Davis, a supporter of abortion and the top Democrat in the state House. Critics have focused their ire on what they say is an irresponsible approach to the state budget -- Brownback's...
  • The Republican Establishment’s 20-Year War On Conservatives

    08/19/2014 5:13:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    It began on a snowy night in New Hampshire. The first-in-the-nation primary. February 20, 1996. The story’s origins, though, began exactly four years earlier in that same frigid state.pat In 1992, Patrick J. Buchanan, a popular conservative television commentator who had served as a longtime aide to Richard Nixon, took on the sitting President of the United States in the primaries that year. Party insiders considered his candidacy little more than a joke. But his 38 percent showing in the ’92 New Hampshire primary stunned the political world, and although he won no contests that primary season, he did garner...
  • Alaska GOP primary: A lot at stake for 3 candidates and former Gov. Palin on Tuesday

    08/19/2014 5:11:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/18/14 | Edward Rollins
    One of the last important primaries before the November midterms will be held Tuesday in Alaska. Voters will pick the Republican candidate to oppose Democratic Senator Mark Begich. There are three very credible candidates who are locked in a tough battle: Alaska politician Dan Sullivan, current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller. Dan Sullivan, the former attorney general and natural resources commissioner has led for months and is backed by the GOP political establishment including by Fox News contributor and former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove. Four years ago, Sarah Palin's endorsement of Miller,...
  • Primary Threat in Alaska has GOP Establishment Shuddering

    08/19/2014 5:10:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    opensecrets.org ^ | 8/18/14 | Lalita Clozel
    In Alaska’s Senate primary race, the Republican establishment has downplayed threats to its top candidate, Dan Sullivan. Yet his challengers, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell, have triggered a frenzy of last-minute spending to ensure Sullivan wins the Tuesday election. Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com) Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com) As of late July, Sullivan had about $4.1 million in the...
  • Question to Fellow Freepers!

    08/15/2014 8:28:38 PM PDT · by Boomer · 68 replies
    OKAY. It's obvious this is another Tom Delay type witch hunt. My question isn't really if there is any validity to this. It's more about if it will actually work this time against Gov. Perry or will it (hopefully) backfire and shine a big bright light on the corruption that is the Dem party today. Your feedback is much appreciated... Oh, and if "they" can be allowed to get away with this, shouldn't the same thing happen to the two most corrupt gov employees we have right now? Obama and Holder. I'm hoping if we all break out our new...
  • Gloomy, frantic Dems plead: More money, please

    08/15/2014 8:33:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 8-15-14 | Byron York
    I've been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November's elections. First came the highly publicized "Impeachment Red Alert" campaign, in which the Democratic congressional committee warned that Republicans will impeach President Obama if they win control of the House and Senate. Though much ridiculed, the Impeachment Red Alert effort was a big winner, pulling in $2.1 million in small donations in a single weekend. Despite that success, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's mood seemed to blacken in subsequent days as she asked for more and more money. The subject line of Pelosi's...
  • Chris McDaniel to file challenge to Mississippi Senate results

    08/14/2014 10:45:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 8/14/14 | Jake Miller
    Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel is expected to file a formal legal challenge on Thursday to the June 24 Republican primary runoff that he narrowly lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, alleging that thousands of votes cast in favor of his opponent were illegal. On Tuesday, McDaniel said his lawyers have a "rock-solid" case to make, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. McDaniel's team has argued that thousands of people who voted in the Republican runoff also cast ballots in the Democratic primary earlier in June, which would make their ballots invalid under state law. His team has highlighted affidavits from...
  • The ‘amnesty’ card: GOP launches 2014 border war

    08/14/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/13/14 | Alexander Burns
    So much for that fresh start with Latino voters. In a dramatic departure from their determination only months ago to win a second look from that rapidly-growing community, national Republicans have embarked on a sustained campaign to make the immigration crisis a central issue in 2014 and exhort voters to punish the White House for failing to lock down the U.S.-Mexico border. The intensity of their rhetoric has increased as a surge of child migrants has renewed attention to the border and amid anticipation that President Barack Obama will issue a set of executive actions on immigration, including potentially suspending...
  • Hillary Clinton — a woman of no convictions

    08/14/2014 7:05:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-12-14 | Charles Hurt
    The rank spectacle of ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suddenly turning on her commander in chief and former boss to shiv him in the back over the burning ruins she helped make of the Middle East is staggering to behold. The brassiness, dishonesty and shamelessness as she slides into yet another presidential campaign season is enough to choke that old Arkansas draft mule of a husband she hitched her career to. The scheming calculation of it all would make Lady Macbeth take to the bed for blushing. How on earth did such a crafty street fighter get so completely...
  • Right-Wing PACs' Formula: Lose Races, Rake In the Cash (the Establishment is upset!!)

    08/14/2014 6:05:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 8/14/14 | Patricia Murphy
    As Tea Party-affiliated Super PACs keep losing elections, their grassroots fundraising keeps going up, up, up. What’s the mentality there? Despite losing eight of nine GOP Senate primaries and being nearly shut out in a handful of Republican-on-Republican House showdowns in 2014, the three top D.C.-based Super PACs that fueled many of those losing efforts are continuing to rake in donations from supporters across the country. According to the latest monthly filings with the Federal Election Commission compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, the groups—the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth Action, and FreedomWorks for America—all saw one of...
  • Tea party ruled the roost on immigration

    08/14/2014 5:58:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    The Republican Party's immigration agenda on Capitol Hill is driven by its tea party wing, The New York Times reported. House Speaker John Boehner had sought to marginalize Republicans who oppose any form of legal status for immigrants in the United States illegally. The party establishment spent millions of dollars to defeat tea party candidates in the primaries. In the end, the party's most passionate opponents of immigration reform were instrumental in shaping legislation that passed the House before the summer break. The conservative group includes Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, Louie...
  • Cantor Voting Rights Act Legacy is Failure to Deliver, Democrats Say

    08/14/2014 5:16:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 8/14/14 | Emma Dumain
    Passing a new Voting Rights Act in the GOP-dominated House was never going to be easy, supporters acknowledge. But with a powerful Republican such as Eric Cantor as an ally, hope flickered for nearly a year. Then came June 10 and the shocking primary defeat that tanked Cantor’s congressional career — taking with it, in all likelihood, any prospect for an update of the landmark 1965 civil rights legislation that had been weakened by a 2012 Supreme Court ruling. Even with Cantor as majority leader, said a House aide close to the VRA negotiations, “I would have speculated that it...
  • NCSEN: Conservatives NOT touting Tillis. NRSC toadie PISSED OFF

    08/14/2014 5:07:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    beaufortobserver.net ^ | 8/14/14 | Brant Clifton
    The Senate Conservatives Fund was founded by former US Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to counter the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s passion for recruiting and backing spectacular RINOs. They began seriously siphoning away cash from donors who might normally be fooled into giving to the NRSC. THAT — coupled with SCF’s passion for lining up primary opponents for incumbent RINOs — earned the SCF some serious emnity from Inside-the-Beltway establishment Republicans. A friend of mine passed on an email to me the other day from SCF touting “Six Conservatives Who Can Make A DIfference in Congress.” The email featured six conservative...
  • Dummycrats Dupe Voters To Save Obama (Locksteppers Salute Smartly)

    08/13/2014 5:19:36 PM PDT · by Liz · 38 replies
    Vanity | 8/13/14
    Breitbart.com reports that b/c of an increasingly hostile political landscape, Democrats are resorting to whining---asking voters to believe they have suddenly "seen the light" and are now conservatives. In districts across the country, Democrats are campaigning as "true believers' in tax cuts, balanced budgets and for rolling back big government's harmful regulations. They're even bleating about guns, fracking and coal....trying to appeal to the conservative heartland. The list of Democrats carving out more conservative positions is too lengthy to mention. In fact, breitbart.com reports, it would be noteworthy to find any Democrat in a competitive election running on the platform...
  • Who rules America? [Great, but unsurprising, read]

    08/13/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Allan J. Lichtman
    "The public be damned!"— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882 A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our governmentThe new study, with...
  • Study: You Have 'Near-Zero' Impact on U.S. Policy

    08/13/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 12, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here. Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the...
  • Something’s Going On in Kansas: Senator Pat Roberts Finds Himself in a Tight Race

    08/13/2014 5:15:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 8/13/14 | Nate Cohn
    In a decent year for Republicans, like this one, a longtime Republican senator should be having a pretty easy time in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, or a Democratic senator since 1938. And yet over the last few weeks, two surveys have shown Pat Roberts, a Republican senator from Kansas, ahead by just five points or less over his Democratic challenger, Chad Taylor. Is it real? It’s hard to imagine Mr. Roberts actually losing, but something is brewing in Kansas — and if it’s possible for a Republican incumbent senator in Kansas to...
  • GOP sends message: Clear the way for Cassidy (LA)

    08/13/2014 5:10:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    ktbs.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Gerry May
    SHREVEPORT, La - Can Rob Maness take a hint? Establishment Republicans would like the outsider candidate to get out of the way so that Bill Cassidy can take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu one on one in November. That message was sent again on Monday in Shreveport. "I thank you for the endorsement!" Bill Cassidy bellowed to a crowd of Caddo Republicans at a downtown cafe. The Caddo Parish Republican Executive Committee announced its backing of Cassidy just weeks after the whole state party did the same thing. But why turn their backs on fellow Republican Maness? "The Democrats...
  • BATTLE IN THE STATES: NYT DOCUMENTS IMPENDING GOP TAKEOVER OF STATEHOUSES NATIONWIDE

    08/12/2014 8:05:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/12/2014 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Recess is in full force in Washington, D.C., as national lawmakers vacation around the country, but both political parties are fighting intense political battles on the ground in states nationwide as several statehouses are up for grabs in what’s shaping up to be a landslide pro-GOP election year. “Republicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obama’s persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years,” the New York...
  • Which Senate Races Need My Support?

    08/12/2014 5:48:15 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 22 replies
    Me | 11 Aug 2014 | Ben Mugged
    President Barack Obama hinted strongly at coming Supreme Court vacancies in the last two years of his presidency, speaking of the urgent need for Democrats to hold their Senate majority after the November midterms. I need to know which Senate candidates most need my financial support since I refuse to blindly donate to the Republican Party.
  • Thomas Ravenel: Lindsey Graham Needs to Give Us a Price Tag, Body Count, for His Vision in Iraq

    08/12/2014 12:26:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    independentpoliticalreport.com ^ | 8/11/14 | Jed Ziggler
    Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel today issued the following statement challenging Lindsey Graham to stop “warmongering and fearmongering” and provide taxpayers with the specific costs associated with his vision for Iraq. During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham said U.S. president Barack Obama needed to “go on the offensive” against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “First of all, I’m confused by Senator Graham’s statements,” Ravenel said. “Didn’t his buddy John McCain recently pose with ISIS fighters that our government supported in Syria? How exactly does he square that? Why would we support...
  • 2006 Charlie Crist viciously attacks 2014 Charlie Crist in new attack ad!

    08/12/2014 9:58:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Moe Lane
    This was, of course, inevitable. Democrats across Florida heard a mysterious recorded call over the weekend that seemed aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. The voice in the recording? Charlie Crist. “Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I’m pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It’s sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths. … Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate...
  • Takin' a Stand for Conservatism: Joe Miller for U.S. Senate, Alaska

    08/12/2014 9:18:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Lloyd Marcus
    In the history of a particular high school back in the 1960s, no pregnant student was allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. A leftist group threatened the school with a lawsuit, which led to the school rescinding its policy. A pregnant student walked across stage to receive her diploma. The following year, 23 students pranced across the stage, pregnant, at graduation. The moral: you get what you tolerate. The GOP continues to shove tired old RINO primary candidates down our throats – bullying our Tea Party candidates with their deep pockets and dirty tricks. A most recent example is...