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    09/19/2014 8:04:00 AM PDT · by wmfights · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | September 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.” A few hours...
  • McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

    09/19/2014 6:11:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before a midnight deadline. The arguments mirror what McDaniel’s attorneys had said before Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed McDaniel’s lawsuit last month — that current state law does not specify a deadline for a candidate to challenge a primary loss. McGehee had agreed with Cochran’s attorneys in...
  • Conservatives don't foresee challenge to John Boehner's speakership

    09/19/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Sabrina Eaton
    WASHINGTON, D. C. -- The House of Representatives' most conservative members -- who have grumbled in the past about ousting Ohio's John Boehner from his job as House Speaker -- now say they're happy with their treatment and don't expect to mount an insurrection in the next Congress. Members of the Republican Study Committee told reporters at their monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" gathering that they believe that newly established Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP Whip Steve Scalise -- who chaired the study committee before assuming his new job -- are doing a better job listening to the sentiments of...
  • New Poll Has Brown Up Over Shaheen 47% to 43%

    09/19/2014 5:43:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Dan Riehl
    A new poll out by Vox Populi Polling has Republican Scott Brown leading Democrat Jeanne Shaheen 47 - 43 percent in their race for the U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. Republican Scott Brown 47 Democrat Jeanne Shaheen 43 Unsure 11 Vox Populi Polling was launched earlier this year and former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney is a founding partners. A small group of top Washington Republicans is teaming up to launch a new polling firm, Vox Populi Polling, that will churn out volumes of survey data ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. Mary Cheney, the political strategist...
  • Karl Rove: Money Main Reason GOP Senate Majority Still in Doubt (a little short on cash are they?)

    09/19/2014 5:39:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Elliot Jager
    The substantial gap between how much Democrats have on hand to spend for television campaign ads versus how much cash is in Republican coffers is why a GOP Senate majority remains in doubt, writes veteran Republican strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Democrats have been raising more money than Republicans and have $25 million on hand compared to $20 million for Republicans. They have committed or spent $109 million in political commercials versus $80 million for the Republicans since the beginning of September. The president continues to bring in big bucks for the Democrats, Rove writes. Rove, who...

    09/19/2014 5:28:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | Erick Erickson
    Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.” A few hours...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

    09/19/2014 5:22:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Maggie Haberman
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has pledged $250,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee from his campaign coffers, part of an effort by the freshman to go all-in for the GOP as it battles to retake the Senate majority in this fall elections, a source familiar with the commitment told POLITICO. Cruz announced his pledge at an NRSC lunch event on Tuesday, the source said; his $250,000 is part of $3 million in pledges lawmakers made to the group. Cruz is an NRSC co-chair, but he had not been perceived as a major fundraising force for them this cycle, making the...
  • Tea Partiers Swallow Their Pride To Defeat Democrats In November

    09/19/2014 5:18:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 49 replies ^ | 9/19/14 | Daniel Strauss
    In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), wasn't exactly tea partiers' preferred candidate. But now some tea party organizations seem to be giving the nominee a quiet boost — or at least are still set on bashing Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). On Wednesday the Tea Party Express sent out an email calling on supporters to help "Defeat Harry Reid's Sinister Six." Hagan was listed alongside Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al Franken (D-MN), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the Democratic Senate candidate in his state. The Republican primaries...
  • Dems block Cruz bill to strip U.S. citizenship from Islamic State defectors

    09/18/2014 5:08:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz tried to get the Senate to consider a measure Thursday providing that any American who joins the fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State would immediately renounce their U.S. citizenship, but a Democratic senator objected, saying more time is necessary to weigh the significant constitutional issues it raises. Ahead of the Senate’s scheduled consideration Thursday afternoon of a proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels, part of President Obama’s strategy to combat the terrorist group, the Texas Republican asked for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act he introduced earlier this month. The measure...
  • Rove: GOP Establishment Can’t Win Senate Alone (ya think??)

    09/18/2014 3:29:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 67 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Neil Munro
    GOP strategist Karl Rove says the GOP could lose the Senate majority unless the party’s base of supporters volunteer more time and cash to the establishment’s preferred candidates. The GOP will win a Senate majority “only… if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and… clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote,” Rove wrote in Wall Street Journal op-ed. The GOP needs the base’s support even though the public is rejecting Democratic politicians, said Rove, who was nicknamed “the architect” when he helped President George W. Bush win the 2000...
  • Ruling a blow to Roberts in Kansas

    09/18/2014 3:23:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Kyle Cheney
    The Kansas Supreme Court sided Thursday with Democrats attempting to remove their candidate from the ballot in Kansas’s razor-tight Senate race, a blow to incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts’ reelection prospects. The withdrawal of the Democratic nominee in the race, Chad Taylor, clears a path for independent Greg Orman to challenge Roberts one-on-one. Polls show Orman leading in the contest in a head-to-head matchup. Although Taylor announced earlier this month that he was ending his campaign, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach had ruled that Taylor’s name must remain on the ballot because his withdrawal failed to meet the precise...
  • Ninth Circuit OKs U.S. Flag Shirt Ban so Mexican students aren’t offended

    09/18/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eric Owens
    It’s official: the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order declining a request for an en banc hearing in a case involving four students in at a California high school who were sent home for wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The full slate of Ninth Circuit judges has thus agreed with a lower district court and with a trio of appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif. could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts. The federal appeals court issued its denial of an en banc hearing...
  • Republican Rick Romley backs Democrat Felecia Rotellini for attorney general

    09/18/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 9/18/14 | Mike Sunnucks
    Another prominent moderate Republican is crossing party lines and backing a Democrat in the November elections. Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley is endorsing Democratic attorney Felecia Rotellini in the state attorney general’s race. Rotellini is taking on former state gaming director Mark Brnovich, who upset incumbent but scandal-prone Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne in the Republican primary. “What is important is that we elect an attorney general we can be proud of and who will not allow a personal or political agenda to impact decision-making,” Romley said in a statement. “I also believe that it is time to end...
  • Is FreeRepublic Pro Harry Reid?

    09/17/2014 4:36:52 PM PDT · by Kansas58 · 766 replies
    Vanity | 9/17/2014 | Vanity
    A very disturbing number of Freepers are openly advocating, on Free Republic threads, for the defeat of Senator Pat Roberts and other good Conservative Republicans. Greg Orman, in Kansas, is a pro abortion, anti gun, tax and spend Liberal Democrat who has given tens of thousands of dollars to Obama and Pelosi and the Democrat Party and Harry Reid. I am called an "idiot" for supporting Roberts. However, I think that those on Free Republic who support Harry Reid and Greg Orman should be ZOTTED, kicked off the site. I have had enough of there hate filled, vindictive, misguided trash.

    09/18/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by HammerT · 68 replies
    Or are you now just rolling with the punches? Catherine the Great (Karl's better half) is a student of history too. And she recalls from her studies of the Spanish Flu that elections were postponed during that outbreak. The November 2014 elections, only 49 days away, are cautiously predicted to be a Republican blow-out. Or, more accurately, a clear “no confidence” vote for the current regime. If I were a) dishonest, b) power hungry with communist inspirations, and c) convinced I could get away with it - aka a Democrat - I too would postpone cancel the elections in...
  • Democrat Mark Schauer Receiving the Big Donations in Gubernatorial Race

    09/18/2014 7:34:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Though Michigan’s gubernatorial candidates differ on issues like right-to-work, the SEIU dues skim and government regulations, the apparent contrast between their campaign finance reports could come as a surprise to many. Lists of campaign contributions to former Congressman Mark Schauer, the Democratic challenger, are what might be expected. Labor unions have given Schauer significant dollar amounts. These include: the Michigan Education Association (MEA) $71,427; Michigan Laborers' Political League, $68,000; Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights PAC, $45,000; and the Michigan State Utility Workers Council, $44,000. With polls now showing the race as a toss-up, these could increase considerably. Meanwhile,...
  • Can Sam Brownback Survive?

    09/18/2014 6:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Even before his election as governor in 2010, liberal observers were warning about Sam Brownback. In October of that year, the New York Times warned that the mere prospect of Brownback’s ascent was “redefining” the Republican party. That’s certainly been his goal. Operating on the assumption that change in the states drives change in Washington, Brownback has, over the past four years, slashed income taxes, privatized Medicaid, expanded gun rights, and taken on the state’s teachers’ unions. Those reforms may have made him a hero to conservatives, but they have also made him a major target this election cycle. For...
  • Poll: Gardner Ahead By 8 Points In Senate Race (Colorado)

    09/18/2014 6:14:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    DENVER (AP) – Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is leading Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, according to a new independent poll released Thursday. The 48-40 Gardner lead among likely voters in The Quinnipiac University Poll contrasts with two other independent polls released earlier this month that found Udall tied or slightly ahead in the race.
  • Wisconsin GOP files lawsuit against Government Accountability Board over ballot redesign

    09/18/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-17-14 | Kyle Maichle
    WAUKESHA – The Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court relating to the design of the ballot being used for the November 4, 2014, general election. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald filed the lawsuit on behalf of the party. The lawsuit was filed in Waukesha County because portions of Senator Fitzgerald’s district are located in the county. Both Vos and Fitzgerald are being represented by the Michael Best and Frederich law firm based in Milwaukee. In the complaint, the party mentions that...
  • Obama's Illinois: Food Stamp Growth Exceeds New Jobs

    09/17/2014 3:41:34 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 16, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Economy In Crisis: A new study by the Illinois Policy Institute shows in the past four years, the number of new food-stamp recipients in the state has outpaced new jobs nearly 2-to-1. Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, locked in a tight re-election battle with self-made billionaire Republican Bruce Rauner, has been arguing that Illinois, arguably the bluest of blue states, has turned the fiscal corner and is on its way back. The recovery may be slower than Quinn wants it to be — but, he says, it is real. It is an odd recovery, though, that makes more people dependent...
  • Lobbyist advises GOP to spend big and think small (great piece!)

    09/17/2014 11:27:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 9/17/14
    GOP estabishment politics is the epitome of a “green” industry. Nothing is ever thrown away. Baby poo is repackaged as butterscotch and sold to unsuspecting voters. Pathetic losers resurface time and again making the same mistakes over and over and collecting checks in the process. A prime example of this is a guy like John Feehery. Feehery used to work for go-along-get-along icon Bob Michel and was pushed aside during the 1994 Republican Revolution. As Erick says, [Feehery] then weaseled his way back into power in Hastert’s office. Then we lost power. Hmmmm . . . (as a note, mouse-over...
  • Louisiana Senate Race a Dead Heat, Landrieu Languishing

    09/17/2014 8:34:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 9/17/14 | Guy Benson
    A new poll of likely voters conducted for Townhall by Gravis Marketing reveals that Louisiana's US Senate race is statistically deadlocked, with support for incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu mired in the low-to-mid 40's. In a three-way contest among the top contenders, Landrieu attracts 43 percent support, with Republicans Rep. Bill Cassidy and Col. Rob Manness combining for 44 percent: In the likely runoff match-up (see below) between Landrieu and Cassidy, the candidates are separated by two-tenths of a percentage point. Neck and neck: Within the still-sizable cohort (10 percent) of undecided voters, nearly two-thirds identify as political "independents" who...
  • Quinnipiac poll shocker: John Hickenlooper down 10

    09/17/2014 8:16:58 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 Sep 2014 | JAMES HOHMANN
    Another surprising Quinnipiac poll out this morning puts Republican Bob Beauprez up 10 points over Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper among likely voters, 50 percent to 40 percent. The Democratic incumbent is badly underwater in the Q poll, viewed unfavorably by 51 percent and favorably by 43 percent. Beauprez, a former congressman, is viewed positively by 49 percent and negatively by 31 percent. Beauprez leads by 13 among independents, 50-37. And he’s neck-and-neck with Hickenlooper among women, edging him out 47-46, while carrying men by 20 points, 54-34. No one in the game really believes that Beauprez is ahead by double...
  • Conservative Caucus Gains New Senate Leader (Senator Lee to Head Steering Committee)

    09/17/2014 7:50:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) was selected today to be the next chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators. Senator Lee will assume the post at the start of the 114th Congress in January. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) served as chairman for the past two years. “Mike Lee is a knowledgeable and principled movement conservative, and he has done a terrific job as vice chairman of the Steering Committee this Congress,” said Sen. Toomey. “I’m pleased to hand the gavel to him. I look forward to continuing to work with Mike, and my...
  • My Email Turns Republicans Into Conservatives

    09/17/2014 7:46:57 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 9/16/14 | Mike Flynn
    For the past several weeks, a group calling itself the "NRSC" has been inundating my inbox, warning that Obama was about to "grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants." I could combat this by donating money to ensure the Republicans win control of the Senate. Apparently, this "NRSC" is the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a pillar of the same GOP establishment that previously spent that past year and a half trying to pass amnesty under the guise of "comprehensive immigration reform." I must have a new email filter that turns even Republicans in Washington into conservatives. In the months following...
  • Congress may adjourn this week

    09/17/2014 6:21:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 9/17/14 | Susan Ferrechio
    Congress just returned from a five week break on Sept. 8 and they are now ready to pack up again. The House and Senate are poised to potentially wrap up business this week, lawmakers say, and if they do, they’ll leave town to campaign and won’t return until after the November election. The Senate was initially scheduled to be in session until Sept. 23 while the House was supposed to be in for business until Oct. 2. Nothing has been publicly announced, but congressional leaders have sent the word out to lawmakers that they can start packing for a nearly...
  • Republican senators to transfer $3 million to NRSC after appeal by McConnell

    09/17/2014 6:16:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/17/14 | David Drucker
    Senate Republicans on Tuesday agreed to transfer $3 million in personal campaign funds to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in their bid to capture the Senate majority this November, sources confirmed. With control of the Senate on the line and Democrats and their allies pouring millions more into competitive contests than the Republicans and their supporters, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made an impassioned plea to his conference during Tuesday’s weekly caucus lunch. Sources said McConnell, himself embroiled in a tough re-election contest, told members that they have a historic opportunity to govern and need to do their part....
  • Republican Joni Ernst pulls ahead of Dem in Iowa Senate poll

    09/17/2014 6:04:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 9/17/14 | Nick Kalman
    Republican Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the Iowa Senate race, according to a new poll that points to a heated battle for votes in the final stretch. The Quinnipiac University survey showed Ernst, a state senator, leading Braley by 6 points, 50-44 percent among likely voters. The poll also showed her leading among independents, a key voting bloc. The results are a break from earlier polling which for months has shown Braley leading or tied with his GOP rival. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement put out...
  • GOP beginning To Listen To The People In Mid-Terms

    09/17/2014 6:02:06 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 9/16/14 | Dan Riehl
    For months, the GOP consulting class has been relentlessly and primarily beating the ObamaCare drum despite calls from the grassroots and news outlets, most especially Breitbart News that the ground was shifting and it was time to broaden the message. Clearly immigration, foreign policy and the economy have been increasingly foremost in the minds of voters, including the GOP base, as we head on toward November. Now, finally, the Republican establishment and consulting class appears to be getting the message - and getting their own messaging right in the process. Polls show that voters don't see the law as a...
  • Kansas, a Metaphor for the Republican Party

    09/17/2014 5:58:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies ^ | 9/17/14 | Jay Cost
    All things being equal, Republicans should feel reasonably good about winning the Senate in seven weeks. They currently hold a polling lead in six Democratic-held seats. They are within five points in another four seats, and mid-September polling often underestimates the position of the ultimate victor. Meanwhile, the two seats that were long thought to be vulnerable -- Georgia and Kentucky -- look reasonably firm for them. Pat Roberts But this is the Republican party we are talking about, and all else is not equal. Because of Kansas. A new poll by Democratic polling outfit Public Policy Polling puts incumbent...
  • Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz differ on lame-duck activity

    09/17/2014 5:50:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 9/16/14 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is breaking with conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee over the legislative prospects for the post-election lame duck congressional session. While Cruz (R-Texas) and Lee (R-Utah) have been raising alarm surrounding any significant legislation moving through Congress during the lame duck, McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that he had little fear that controversial legislation would be jammed through by senators and representatives that just lost their seats. “There’s almost no likelihood that the House will become Democratic. So I am personally not fearful that bad things will happen to the country during the lame...
  • How Can GOP Senate Majority Prospects Be Trending In The Wrong Direction?

    09/17/2014 5:15:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Hat tip to our friend Mike Flynn of Breitbart for his column noting that top political odds maker Nate Silver has lowered his forecast for a GOP takeover of the Senate. Two weeks ago, noted Flynn, Silver estimated the GOP had a 64% chance of winning a Senate majority. On Tuesday, Silver lowered his estimate to 55%. The landscape still favors the GOP, says Flynn, but the trend-lines are ominous. As Mike Flynn and others, including CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie, have noted “the GOP could take the majority by simply winning Senate races in states carried by Mitt Romney.”...
  • Boehner Calls House Republican Colleagues ‘Knuckleheads’ For Challenging Establishment

    09/17/2014 5:12:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 9/16/14 | Sam Rolley
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized Republicans who disagree with his positions on Tuesday, telling members of the International Franchise Association, “I have a few knuckleheads in my conference.” The jibe came in the midst of remarks on the dangers of a politicized National Labor Relations Board with the power to exercise the will of whichever party controls the Oval Office at a given time. Reforming President Barack Obama’s NLRB has been a top Republican priority for some time. From the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that a Republican-controlled Senate could make that goal a reality....
  • Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate

    Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, The Post's statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections. Election Lab puts Democrats' chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent — a huge change from even a few months ago, when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders — led by George Washington University's John Sides — warned that the model could and...
  • New Campaign Tactic: Democrats Pretend to Be Republicans

    09/16/2014 10:33:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 9/16/14 | Michael Schaus
    I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA.” No. That sentence was not uttered by a right-wing, tea-party, Republican. It was uttered by a Democrat in Kentucky. Barack Obama is, apparently, so politically toxic that moderate Democrats are not content with merely distancing themselves from him; they are now actively campaigning against the Democrat who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, the ad is downright convincing… Frank Underwood would be proud: Alright. So, Democrat Alison Grimes is no fan of team Obama. Got it. Of course, this kinda raises a few questions, doesn’t...
  • Poll: Greg Orman leads Pat Roberts in Kansas

    09/16/2014 7:20:09 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/16/2014 | Kyle Cheney
    Independent Greg Orman has opened up a lead in his effort to unseat Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, according to a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. Orman leads Roberts 41-34, with Democrat Chad Taylor — who announced plans to end his campaign earlier this month — capturing 6 percent of the vote. Libertarian Randall Batson earned 4 percent support in the poll, which was first provided to the Huffington Post. The automated phone and online survey of 1,328 likely voters was taken between Sept. 11 and Sept. 14. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.7 percentage points....
  • Watch: Ted Cruz Launches Anti-Obama Amnesty Effort

    09/16/2014 6:44:57 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 9/16/14
    In a video first released to Breitbart on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced his effort to combat President Barack Obama’s potential executive amnesty action, which could come following November’s midterm elections. Viewers are encouraged to visit to sign a petition. “Sen. Ted Cruz is leading the fight to secure the border,” the video explained. “Stop Obama’s amnesty and celebrate legal immigration. But he needs your help to hold Obama and Senate Democrats accountable.” The amnesty effort from Obama would likely include an expansion of his so-called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and apply it to an...
  • McCarthy Suggests Post-Election Vote Authorizing Military Force

    09/16/2014 6:37:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 9/15/14 | Matt Fuller
    Emerging from a GOP leadership meeting Monday evening, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy signaled that, after the midterm elections, there’s a decent chance the House holds a new vote authorizing military force in the Middle East. Asked during an impromptu hallway interview with a gaggle of reporters whether the House would be working on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat Islamic State terrorists, McCarthy said that “after November,” he thought there would be an “opportunity” to at least debate an AUMF. “I know a lot of members would want start to have that debate, or at least...
  • By Virtue of Their Silence

    09/16/2014 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 13 replies
    As the November elections approach, we’ve heard nothing but deafening silence from the GOP as to why the electorate should put Congress in its hands. Now, I have nothing against the ages-old stratagem of not interrupting an enemy in the process of making enormous mistakes. But, we’re not simply considering a ‘my team good’ vs. ‘their team bad’ situation, as if the outcome was nothing more than a sporting event to be remembered until the next big game. Some fundamental American freedoms have been under assault for decades, and Obama and his party have accelerated the trend. Where is the...
  • Revelation: Fred DuVal Helped the Clintons Give Clemency to Convicted FALN Terrorists!

    09/15/2014 12:33:07 PM PDT · by connell · 7 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Sept 15, 2014 | Joe Connor
    Of all the malfeasant scandals the Clintons have committed, from lying under oath, to Whitewater to the Marc Rich pardon, little compares to the politically craven 1999 clemencies to 16 unrepentant terrorists of the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN (Armed Forces for National Liberation). Fred DuVal was the co-chair of President Clinton’s White House Interagency Group of Puerto Rico, one of the groups that actively promoted clemency for terrorists. frauncestavernbombingFrom 1974 to 1983, the FALN waged a merciless, bloody war against the United States, attacking civilians mainly in Chicago and New York. On January 24, 1975, the FALN’s most deadly...
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee Loves the Senate Conservatives Fund (Or At Least Its Money)

    09/15/2014 10:30:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 9/15/14 | Erick Erickson
    Remember how the National Republican Senatorial Committee wanted everyone to know just how terrible the Senate Conservatives Fund is? Remember how NRSC consultants took to op-ed pages, pushed reporters, and tweeted about the lavish and extravagant expenses of SCF? Remember how when a candidate got endorsed by SCF, everyone knew immediately NRSC would support the opposite candidate out of spite? (See e.g. Ben Sasse v. Shane Osborn) Remember how the NRSC, Chamber of Commerce, and other establishment groups poured tons of money into primaries to stop SCF gains and those of other outside groups? Well, NRSC spent so much money...
  • Jay Carney: ‘It’s Not Going to Be a Good Year for Democrats’

    09/15/2014 9:08:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 09/15/2014 | Evam McMurry
    In his new guise as a political commentator for CNN, former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dished out conventional wisdom on State of the Union Sunday morning, which in this case meant diagnosing the Democrats’ chances in the upcoming midterms as poor. “It’s not going to be a good year for Democrats by definition,” Carney said. “The sixth year is always particularly bad for a president’s party. You couple that with the fact so many seats are defended by Democrats in red states where Mitt Romney did very well against the president, double-digits in most cases, and there’s no...
  • CNN Poll in New Hampshire: Jeanne Shaheen 48%, Scott Brown 48%

    09/15/2014 7:56:23 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 70 replies
    National Review ^ | 15 Sep 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    We’ve seen three public polls of New Hampshire’s Senate race since July. WMUR put incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen up by 2; YouGov put her up by 6. And now: BREAKING: New CNN-ORC poll in #NHSen race. @SenScottBrown: 48%, @SenatorShaheen: 48%, +/- 3.5%. 5:38 AM - 15 Sep 2014 Think about it, New Hampshire. You have the power in your hands… to make a Princeton professor eat a bug:
  • Delaware’s Senate Race Suddenly Heats Up – Coons 39 Wade 31

    09/15/2014 6:10:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 9/15/14 | Fay Voshell
    It’s hard to miss the WadeMobile. It’s the Nascar vehicle of Delaware politics. Flamboyantly wrapped in neon red, stark white and sky blue with an outsize portrait of Kevin Wade emblazoned on the side, it has been prowling up and down the small state of Delaware ever since Wade, a Delaware businessman and politician, filed at the last minute for the slot as the Delaware GOP’s candidate for the US Senate. The car is an intriguing surprise to generally cool Delawareans, loudly blasting as it plays Wade speaking of his messages of common sense conservatism mixed with the classic country...
  • New Hampshire Senate race in dead heat

    09/15/2014 6:06:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 9/15/14 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts who moved to New Hampshire to run in a more friendly environment, appears to be in a dead heat with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a new poll shows. A CNN/ORC International poll out Monday finds Shaheen and Brown tied among likely voters, with both obtaining the support of 48% among 735 voters surveyed. A close race could mean bad news for Democrats, who are struggling to maintain control of the Senate. Keeping the seat in the Democratic column is crucial if the party want to maintain a slim majority in the Senate.
  • Anti-Democratic sentiment in Lousiana proves problem for moderate Landrieu

    09/15/2014 5:59:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 9/14/14 | Luke Rosiak
    Sen. Mary Landrieu's best hope for re-election? Change the letter behind her name from a "D" to an "R," says a Louisiana newspaper. Landrieu is one of the senators in one of the tightest rates this year — and if she loses, her loss could potentially flip the Senate to Republican control. An article in the Baton Rouge Advocate says Landrieu essentially acts like a Republican anyway but that the party label is a scarlet letter. “She has a letter behind her name, D, and it’s toxic,” Joshua Stockley, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe,...
  • Jeb Bush Adviser Mike Murphy: Throwing Senate to GOP in Harry Reid's Interest

    09/15/2014 5:33:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 9/14/14 | Tony Lee
    Jeb Bush adviser and GOP hack Mike Murphy thinks it may be in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) interest to throw the Senate to Republicans. In an appearance on Sunday's Meet The Press, the conservative-bashing consultant who has yet to win a presidential election and once referred to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) as Reid's secret weapon, said if Republicans took back the Senate, it could turn into an "American idol of grievance." Todd snickered and egged Murphy on, showing nothing but contempt for conservatives. "Harry Reid may throw the Senate," Murphy said. "You can argue it's in his interest."...
  • All the Reasons Democrats Are Screwed This November

    09/14/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 14 Sep 2014 | Russell Berman
    As the 2014 midterm election campaign heats up, all indications are that Democrats are headed for a trouncing at the hands of Republicans. Most political prognosticators now give the GOP a better-than-even chance of picking up the six seats it needs to win control of the Senate, and the party is expected to expand its majority in the House. The Republican gains may not match those of the Tea Party wave of 2010 that cost Democrats the House and their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but it likely will be enough to make President Obama's final two years in office...
  • Delaware Senate: Coons (D) 49%, Wade (R) 34%

    09/14/2014 6:12:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    Democratic Senator Chris Coons looks comfortably on his way to reelection in Delaware. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Delaware Voters finds Coons leading Republican challenger Kevin Wade by 15 points - 49% to 34%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Delaware was conducted on September 10-12, 2014 by Rasmussen...
  • Milton Wolf should bring his tea party followers into Pat Roberts’ camp

    09/14/2014 5:48:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 77 replies ^ | 9/13/14 | Steve Rose
    If Milton Wolf endorsed Pat Roberts after Wolf’s defeat in the Kansas Republican primary for U.S. Senate, I missed it. And if he has, it is the best kept secret in Kansas. I’ve checked everywhere on the web, and it isn’t there. I called Wolf to confirm, but I did not get a response. So, I think it is safe to assume the tea party challenger has decided, at least for now, not to endorse the victor. This is too bad because Wolf — who amazingly carried 41 percent of the statewide vote against 48 percent for longtime incumbent Roberts...