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  • Welcome to the Florida GOP’s worst-case scenario (Washington Post doesn't like Desantis)

    05/06/2015 6:09:06 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 5/6/15 | Jose A. DelReal
    GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced that he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2016, teeing up a possible intra-party fight for the Florida GOP that some Republicans fear could weaken them ahead of a competitive general election. “As a candidate for Senate, I look forward to offering reforms based on limited government principles that will make our country stronger and more prosperous," DeSantis said in a statement to the Associated Press. "I see a bright future for Florida and for America and my campaign will be about the ideas and...
  • Depressing reminder: 2016 election will be decided by 7 states — and Florida is absolute must-win

    05/06/2015 6:06:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/06/2015 | AllahPundit
    Just something I’ve been thinking about, sitting here playing with the RSLC’s new 2016 electoral map widget and drinking heavily. “Create Your Own Path to 270 Map,” the widget beckons. Yeah, go ahead. You go find yourself a path to 270.Here’s what I’ve got.Each blue state you see there has been blue in every presidential election since 1992, with the sole exception of New Mexico — which has been blue in every election since 1992 except for 2004. Obama won the state by 10 points three years ago against Romney and by 15 points seven years ago against McCain;...
  • GOP lawmaker to run for Rubio’s Senate seat (Ron DeSantis!)

    05/06/2015 12:22:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 5/6/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the open Senate seat in Florida being vacated by GOP Sen. Marco Rubio. The conservative favorite, a 36-year-old Iraq War veteran elected to the House in 2012, presented himself as a part of the “new generation of leaders” that Rubio said is ready to lead the country. “As a candidate for Senate, I look forward to offering reforms based on limited government principles that will make our country stronger and more prosperous,” DeSantis said in a statement. “I see a bright future for Florida and for America and my...
  • Hillary rival accuses Democrats of manipulating debate schedule to protect her

    05/06/2015 10:30:53 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 5, 2015, 5:24 PM | Hunter Walker
    The Democratic Party's plans for the upcoming presidential debates has stirred up some behind-the-scenes controversy. One Democratic 2016 campaign adviser who spoke to Business Insider said they believe the Democratic National Committee's debate schedule was "worked out" to benefit Hillary Clinton and hurt her opponents. The adviser, who requested anonymity in order to speak frankly about the party's campaign arm, suggested the DNC is hosting a small number of debates in an attempt to give Clinton's more low profile rivals "less screen time." They also suggested the relatively late schedule of the debates will make it harder for Clinton's lesser...
  • Freshman GOP Sen. Tom Cotton Stirs Up Capitol Hill

    05/06/2015 6:07:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 5/5/15 | Kristina Peterson
    WASHINGTON—Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton’s temporary office is located in the less-than-desirable basement of the Russell Senate building, reflecting his rookie status. Like other junior senators, he performs his share of Senate chores, including presiding over the chamber. But the similarities end there. Among this year’s crop of 13 newly minted senators, Mr. Cotton, who served one term in the House, has emerged early on as the most vocal and polarizing newcomer, set apart by his headline-grabbing foreign policy. The Arkansas Republican’s tactics have drawn praise from his conservative supporters, but irritated some GOP colleagues when his moves have conflicted with...
  • Tom Cotton’s Procedural Move Interrupts Smooth Sailing for Iran Bill

    05/06/2015 6:02:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 5/5/15 | JENNIFER STEINHAUERMAY
    WASHINGTON — It was, for a moment anyway, the Senate in its platonic ideal. Bipartisan legislation to give Congress a voice in any nuclear agreement with Iran soared, over White House objections, through the Foreign Relations Committee and onto the Senate floor, a rare glide path to successful compromise. Then along came Senator Tom Cotton. Mr. Cotton, a first-term Republican from Arkansas, and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida employed a rare procedural move to push amendments to end Iran’s nuclear program and call for Iran to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, which appeared to be a transparent effort to undermine...
  • McCain rules out immigration language in defense bill (Yup, he's up for reelection again!)

    05/06/2015 4:57:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 5/5/15 | Cristina Marcos and Martin Matishak
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Tuesday shot down a proposal that would move toward allowing some illegal immigrants to serve in the military. The Arizona Republican, who is up for reelection in 2016, said there is no way he will accept provisions like those being pushed in the House related to President Obama’s deferred deportation program. “We’re not doing anything on immigration on the NDAA,” McCain told The Hill, referring to legislation that authorizes spending levels for the military. McCain’s opposition could be a death knell for two provisions in the House’s draft of the National Defense...
  • (D'Rat) Berkowitz headed to victory over Demboski in runoff race for (Anchorage) mayor

    05/06/2015 12:39:59 AM PDT · by balch3 · 9 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Devin Kelly
    Ethan Berkowitz headed to victory with a big lead over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night. With 93 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had nearly 60 percent of the vote to Demboski’s 41 percent, a margin that was insurmountable. Berkowitz had held a commanding lead over Demboski throughout the counting Tuesday night. As his margin over Demboski held strong, Berkowitz stood on a chair at his campaign party in a downtown restaurant to wild applause and waving signs. He asked his supporters’s to continue to help after the night’s celebration to work on unifying...
  • AZ POLL: Sen. McCain Under 50 Percent, Extraordinarily Vulnerable

    05/05/2015 2:29:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies ^ | 5/5/15 | Michelle Moons
    Five-term incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has good reason to fear a primary challenge. Newly released data from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows half of Arizona’s Republican primary voters disapprove of McCain’s job performance, and more than half would prefer a more conservative Senate candidate in 2016. After more than three decades in Washington, McCain earns merely 41 percent approval from Arizona Republicans and 36 percent from general Arizona voters, PPP finds. Just 37 percent reported a willingness to support the Senator in his 2016 re-election bid. In the days leading up to his re-election declaration, McCain and wife Cindy...
  • Debates, Not Money Will Winnow GOP Field

    05/04/2015 5:11:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    This is the week when an already crowded Republican presidential field really starts to fill up. One by Mike Huckabee will soon follow today’s announcements by Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. Before long they will be joined by Governor Scott Walker and eventually as many as 20 candidates will be running for the GOP nomination. Not all of them are likely to be serious possibilities and the members of this week’s trio are all assumed to be long shots. But the cavalry charge of candidates heading to Iowa and New Hampshire creates a situation that renders moot much of...
  • How Much Trouble Is Richard Burr in?

    05/05/2015 4:58:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 5/4/15 | Stuart Rothenburg
    North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr apparently is easy to underestimate. The former Wake Forest football defensive back (he played at 6’1’’, 200 pounds as a sophomore in 1975, according to the university’s Athletic Media Relations Department) served five terms in the House and is now in his second term in the Senate. He is the Tar Heel State’s senior senator and, more importantly, chairs the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, a particularly meaningful position given terrorist threats to the United States. But Burr, who lost or dropped a couple of bids to join his party’s Senate leadership, has...
  • Trade pact foes: Deal could cause flood of immigrants

    05/05/2015 4:14:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 5/5/15 | Seung Min Kim
    Opponents of giving the Obama administration broad authority to negotiate a trans-Pacific trade deal, including Republican senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, are pushing a new argument: It could trigger a flood of immigrants into the country. Sessions’ argument – essentially, that the administration could use the authority to expand immigration – was dismissed as an “urban legend” by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, whose panel oversees trade. But with extremely close votes expected in both the House and possibly the Senate on whether to grant President Barack Obama increased powers in trade talks, leading Republicans and members...
  • Little GOP appetite for immigration fight on homeland bill

    05/05/2015 4:11:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 5/5/15 | Seung Min Kim
    Hill Republicans have all but surrendered the fight against President Barack ObamaÂ’s executive actions on immigration. A handful of GOP firebrands are still agitating to use CongressÂ’ power of the purse to reverse ObamaÂ’s move to shield millions of immigrants here illegally from deportations. But top Republicans say theyÂ’re not about to go there again: They tried that earlier this year with the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill but were forced to capitulate on the eve of a department shutdown, having won no concessions on immigration. Better to let the issue play out in the courts, the GOP reasoning...
  • Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law City burned despite ‘massive investment’

    05/04/2015 5:20:00 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law City burned despite ‘massive investment’ implemented by president BY: Elizabeth Harrington May 4, 2015 5:00 am The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention. President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make “massive investments in urban communities,” they could “make a difference right now” in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray. However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the...
  • Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact (Classified briefings in basement)

    05/04/2015 5:02:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 5/4/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving. And no matter what, you...
  • Boehner tells Clinton don’t let Obama 'swing in the wind' over Asia-Pacific trade deal

    05/04/2015 4:57:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 5/3/15
    House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, needs to support the trade legislation that President Obama wants to help get enough Democratic votes for passage. The Ohio Republican, in a wide-ranging interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the GOP indeed controls the House and Senate but that he and Obama “needs her help” to give the president negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. “We can't do this by ourselves,” Boehner said. “Every president over the last 50 years has had this (authority.) There is no reason why President Obama shouldn't...
  • Right's new check on McConnell

    05/04/2015 4:48:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 5/4/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Thirty-seven-year-old freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has become a conservative foil to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Cotton surprised his colleagues last week by exploiting a procedural loophole that allowed him to circumvent negotiations on Iran between McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.). In this case, Cotton was able to file an amendment to legislation granting Congress power to review a nuclear deal with Iran that would require Iran to recognize Israel. If the amendment is added to the bill, it would kill it, according to members in both parties. The power play reflects Cotton’s emerging Senate...
  • Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month (they never stop!)

    05/02/2015 6:04:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 5/1/15 | Emma Dumain
    Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his Friday memo to House members regarding May’s legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they’ve overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress. But GOP success stories may be overshadowed later this month when Republicans again face one of the most politically dangerous and unforgiving issues for the party: immigration. In considering the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, members could see a repeat of last year’s meltdown over Rep. Jeff Denham’s plans to offer as an amendment his so-called ENLIST Act, which would provide a legal-status...
  • 6 House Republicans Push for Military Visa Loophole

    05/02/2015 5:42:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 5/1/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Should the U.S. military serve as a dumping ground or a visa mill for Obama’s unlawful amnesty program? This is not a hard question to answer for ordinary Americans who respect our sovereignty, rule of law, and are concerned about our national security. But late Wednesday night, 6 Republicans joined every Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee in blessing this illegal policy of the Obama administration. The issue at hand is Obama’s unilateral decision to place illegal aliens in the military and grant them citizenship under the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, (MAVNI) program. The MAVNI program is...
  • McConnell’s Perfidy: Israel Under the Bus

    05/02/2015 5:40:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 5/1/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    Perfidy. Betrayal. The degree of outright treachery on behalf of the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate — this time throwing Israel under the bus to please President Obama’s desire not to offend Iran — raises the obvious question. What was the point of electing a GOP Senate? Can someone please remind? Coming on the heels of the realization that the Senate Republicans were terrified to even oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general - with McConnell himself, along with nine other Republicans - actually supporting her nomination? Which in turn followed the refusal of Senate Republicans to defund the...
  • Mitch and Harry: An Iran Love Story

    05/02/2015 5:37:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 4/30/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    When a party wins control of the Senate during an administration of the opposing party, typically they do everything in their power to highlight sharp contrasts on critical issues--especially when the president’s party is on the wrong side of public opinion. Republicans have flipped this common sense strategy on its head and have manipulated the Senate floor process to obfuscate the party divide and shield the Democrats from embarrassing votes. Just how far will McConnell go to protect Democrats? As a means of greasing the skids for the Corker-Cardin ‘Democrat loin cloth bill’ to pass the Senate, thereby shielding Obama...
  • 'Trust me' isn't going to turn Latino vote for Cruz, GOP

    05/02/2015 1:04:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 1, 2015 | Mary Sanchez
    "....Like his fellow GOP presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Cruz cannot count on a certain rapport with Latino voters simply because he is Latino himself. Trust doesn't work that way, not in life and not in politics. Hispanic voters are weary of being targeted as a desirable voter demographic to be flattered but not much more. They can spot the phony. To many critics, Cruz has tried to court two mistresses: tea party conservatives, on the one hand, and Hispanic voters whom he views as ready for takeover by the GOP. Cruz believes, with some justification, that Latinos...
  • Breitbart editor running for Aaron Schock's seat

    04/30/2015 4:07:53 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 4/30/15 | Mark Hensch
    An editor for the conservative website Breitbart News on Thursday announced he will run for the House seat vacated by former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). Mike Flynn launched his campaign for the seat representing Illinois’s 18th District from his hometown of Quincy. “The political party bosses in Washington and Springfield, and the special interests they represent, wanted a coronation for their hand-picked candidate,” Flynn said in a statement. “Yet another go-along-to-get-along seat warmer who won’t challenge the status quo.” “Central Illinois deserves a choice and as a lifelong conservative reformer, I plan to give them one.” The conservative journalist will...
  • RNC faces primary dilemma ("overarching goal is protecting the eventual nominee.”)

    04/30/2015 4:44:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 4/30/15 | Niall Stanage
    The rapid growth of the GOP presidential field is causing major headaches for party bosses ahead of a primary debate season that begins this summer. The dilemma for Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman, is stark: If the declared field grows to 18 or 20 candidates, as now looks plausible, how can those numbers be winnowed in a way that seems fair and reasonable rather than arbitrary and undemocratic? “You’ve got to prevent it from becoming a ‘WWE SmackDown’ event on national television,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “You don’t want to bump everybody off the stage, but you...
  • Termites at Work (WI)

    04/29/2015 5:35:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Years overdue, photo identification will be required the next time Wisconsin voters go to the polls, for the spring elections in 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court finally settling that issue was good news, but the fight over ballot security will never be over. Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Pluto) greeted the Court’s action with a renewed call for his constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right to vote ostensibly meaningless, the proposal’s sinister nature lies in its open-ended guarantee, setting the stage to argue that there is no such thing as a reasonable condition to be imposed on exercising the franchise. His co-author Rep....
  • Democrats Still Control the Senate

    04/29/2015 4:48:10 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    Most Americans would be shocked to learn that the Democrats still control the Senate even after Republicans won the majority last year, but it is true. Breitbart News reports: "With two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least – usually more than – 93 percent of support from Democrats." Despite controlling the Senate, Republican leaders are passing bills that have more support from Democrats than Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has helped the Democrats pass funding for executive amnesty, pass the...
  • Caving to Conservative Pressure, GOP Leadership Agrees to Hold Vote to Protect Religious Freedom

    04/29/2015 4:41:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 4/29/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    After facing pressure from conservative lawmakers, House leadership has agreed to hold a vote on a measure that could strike down a Washington, D.C., anti-discrimination law that opponents say infringes on the ability of organizations to operate in accordance to their religious beliefs. “We exerted a lot of pressure in the last 48 hours to bring [the measure] to the floor,” Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview, speaking on behalf of the Republican Study Committee, a group comprised of 180 lawmakers. “Fortunately, our leadership has come to the conclusion that it’s the right thing...
  • GOP War on Conservatism Continues in Illinois 18

    04/29/2015 4:37:59 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 4/28/15 | Dan Riehl
    In early April, Roll Call reported that state Sen. Darin LaHood is the establishment frontrunner to replace “disgraced former Rep. Aaron Schock,” and while politics may be in the junior LaHood’s blood, contrary to his claims, conservatism may not be. His father and presumed mentor is “Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., who held this seat for more than a decade until 2009 — when he left Congress to serve as transportation secretary to President Barack Obama.” Yes, nothing says conservative like resigning to go to work for Barack Obama. And while LaHood the younger claims to be more conservative, his early...
  • The Blue-City Model

    04/29/2015 6:13:13 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | April 28, 2015
    The Blue-City Model Baltimore shows how progressivism has failed urban America. April 28, 2015 You’re not supposed to say this in polite company, but what went up in flames in Baltimore Monday night was not merely a senior center, small businesses and police cars. Burning down was also the blue-city model of urban governance. Nothing excuses the violence of rampaging students or the failure of city officials to stop it before Maryland’s Governor called in the National Guard. But as order starts to return to the streets, and the usual political suspects lament the lack of economic prospects for the...
  • Candidate cries foul over debate participation

    04/28/2015 6:46:30 AM PDT · by logi_cal869
    Register Guard ^ | 4/23/2015 | Josephine Woolington
    Eugene School Board incumbent Mary Walston, who is up for re-election next month, urged neighborhood organizers of a school board candidates’ debate next week to either reschedule the debate or prevent her opponent from participating because she will be out of town. Organizers of the debate agreed to honor Walston’s request to bar her opponent from the debate — which, in turn, prompted the opponent, Colin Farnsworth, to cry foul. A substitute teacher in the Bethel, Eugene, Springfield and South Lane school districts, Farnsworth said it is “extremely unfair and undemocratic that my participation and perspective will be censored during...
  • Looks Like Sam Brownback Might be Right – Tax Cuts Boost Employment Growth

    04/28/2015 5:05:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 4/27/15 | Roger Thomas
    On Thursday, the Census Bureau released its most recent accounting of state government revenues across all state governments. The newly released data provides us new data points to inspect whether Sam Brownback’s tax cuts have had the intended effect. snip The crux of the issue, as sold, is not whether revenue would decline in the initial years. The question is (and was) whether the tax cuts to individual income and corporate income taxpayers would benefit the jobs market and other areas of the economy. Well, it’s early, but here’s the evidence. Interestingly, relative to other states, Kansas has seen its...
  • Clinton Foundation Put On Watch List Of Suspicious ‘Charities’ (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

    04/27/2015 11:22:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies ^ | 4/27/15 | John Hayward
    The New York Post reports that Charity Navigator, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities,” has added the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation to its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits. This decision wasn’t made because of the Clinton Foundation’s remarkably lucrative sideline as a uranium superstore for Russian strongmen, but because its finances are opaque and dishonest, and because such a tiny amount of the money it rakes in actually goes to charitable endeavors. “The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9...
  • Top 7 RINO Moments of the Week

    04/27/2015 9:12:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/24/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    This was one of those weeks when those who voted for Republicans last fall are left scratching their heads, wondering if they are reliving the closing paragraph of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and form pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” In this case, we would just swap out man and pig for elephant and donkey. Recall the 8 RINO Rules CR highlighted earlier this year? GOP leadership continues to adhere to their guiding principles and weekly offer new examples...
  • Catsimatidis blabs: Jeb Bush announcing 2016 bid on Monday

    04/26/2015 4:51:58 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/26/15 | Michael Gartland
    Jeb Bush plans to officially roll out his presidential campaign Monday, according to billionaire John Catsimatidis, who announced the news Sunday on his radio show. “I have found out that Governor Jeb Bush will be announcing Monday,” the former mayoral candidate said on his show, The Cats Roundtable.
  • History Shows Clintons And Bushes Are NOT Electoral Juggernauts (excellent short article)

    04/27/2015 5:01:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 4/26/15 | Eric Cowens
    Let’s test your presidential election knowledge. In how many presidential elections did Bill Clinton win a majority of the popular vote? The answer, of course, is zero. That’s right. In 1992, Bill Clinton won his first presidential term with just 43 percent of the vote. Republican George H. W. Bush received 37.5 percent. Ross Perot — America’s proto-tea partier — received 18.9 percent (without receiving a single Electoral College vote). In 1996, Clinton nearly managed to claw his way over the 50 percent barrier. But he didn’t. The New Democrat eked out a second plurality victory with only 49.2 of...
  • Iowa evangelicals thrilled with 2016 GOP field

    04/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Sean Higgins
    For Christian evangelical voters in Iowa this election cycle is an embarrassment of riches. They're having a hard time picking a candidate because, for the first time many can remember, they have several options to choose from. Nine Republican presidential hopefuls spoke Saturday at an event hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a successor to the the now-defunct Christian Coalition. They hoped to win over supporters for the state's presidential caucus, the first major event in the presidential primary. The Iowans could not agree on who did best. "I'd like to elect all of them," said Doug Brown,...
  • Former Romney finance director courting challenger to Sen. Mike Lee

    04/26/2015 7:02:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 4/25/15 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — The man responsible for raising nearly $1 billion for Mitt Romney's last presidential race is trying to talk a Provo business executive into running against Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Spencer Zwick told KSL News he wants to see Alex Dunn, president of Vivint Inc., who worked on Romney's 2002 campaign for governor of Massachusetts and served on his gubernatorial staff, take on Lee in a GOP primary in 2016. "I am not out actively trying to find people to run against Mike Lee. This is specific to Alex Dunn. I hope Alex will consider getting in...
  • Gov Scott Walker on Hillary Clinton, GOP 2016 candidates (Re: Immigration,Cruz)

    04/25/2015 1:17:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    YouTube- fox News Interview ^ | 4/25/2015 | Fox News -You Tube
    "Gov Scott Walker on Hillary Clinton, GOP 2016 candidates - Breaking News 4/25/2015." Video of Gov. Scott Walker's reply to Sen. Ted Cruz relative to immigration policy starts at about 3:50
  • Mitch McConnell to Conservatives: Drop Dead

    04/24/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 123 replies ^ | 4/24/15 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s Senate vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, was a classic example of why talk among conservatives of forming a third party alternative to the establishment Republican Party will not die. Not only did the usual jelly-backed Senate Republicans vote to confirm Lynch, they were led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is, ostensibly, to be the leader of the conservative opposition to Obama and his lawless progressive agenda. In moving the Lynch nomination McConnell broke a pre-election promise that no attorney general nominee would be considered in...
  • New York Times’ Trolling of Ted Cruz is Really Weak

    04/24/2015 7:26:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 4/24/15 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m starting to pine for the days when the media could come up with really serious stories, like that one about how Mitt Romney supposedly cut a gay kid’s hair in school. The New York Times’ trolling of Ted Cruz is remarkably weak. First, a snide piece on his time debating. This is the sort of thing that some Ivy Leaguers might care about. It relies on quotes from former opponents who disliked Cruz, fails to interview his black debating partner for some reason despite using him in two photos, and suggests that his debating weaknesses include not liking when...
  • Republican Senators' Conservative Ratings (and those that voted for Lynch)

    04/23/2015 1:41:19 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    Quite the confluence. The only oddball is Ron Johnson, who McConnell has been grooming for leadership! Johnson (WI) - 2016 - 89% (Average) - 72% (Creview) - 84% (Heritage) - 95% (CFG) - 96% (ACU) - 100% (FreedomWorks) Flake (AZ) - 2018 - 70% (Average) - 43% (Creview) - 62% (Heritage) - 90% (CFG) - 71% (ACU) - 83% (FreedomWorks) McConnell (KY) - 2020 - 68% (Average) - 58% (Creview) - 68% (Heritage) - 55% (CFG) - 92% (ACU) - 67% (FreedomWorks) Portman (OH) - 2016 - 64% (Average) - 58% (Creview) - 55% (Heritage) - 77% (CFG) - 64%...
  • Conveniently Latino

    04/23/2015 12:54:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 4 replies
    Taki's Magazione ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jim Goad
    About three weeks ago I had already grown Officially Tired of Election 2016, so I imagine the next year and a half will be torture for me. If there is any real difference between Republicans and Democrats, it is only in the sense that there are different types of cancer. The only official candidate for the Democrats so far is a white suspected lesbian and erstwhile Tammy Wynette impersonator who has a steely fanged vagina that at any moment threatens to chomp through her pantsuit and devour the world. Her target demographic, obviously, is chicks.
  • Paul: Obama White House, Congress Should Both Consider Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Uranium Deal

    04/23/2015 11:47:20 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 51 replies ^ | 23 April 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Thursday morning that President Barack Obama should investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton—and that he’s pushing for a congressional investigation as well—after a New York Times report on Wednesday evening based on an explosive new book uncovered her role in a shady Uranium deal. Paul, who was previously briefed on the findings of the forthcoming Peter Schweizer book Clinton Cash, said: This really has been the particular case of the Clinton Cash that bothers me the most and that should bother...
  • Rubio raking in big bucks from rich pro-amnesty Republicans by touting his “immigration record”

    04/23/2015 8:56:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 4/23/15 | Allahpundit
    “Marco gives the same speech with donors that he does in public,” one Rubio advisor assured BuzzFeed. I’m sure he’s right. After all, when has Marco Rubio ever said different things to different audiences about his stance on immigration? I do think it’s safe to say that Rubio’s choosing his words carefully on this subject, even among friends in private settings. All it would take to blow him up for good on the right is a hidden smartphone recorder catching him crowing about amnesty, and he knows it. He’s the safest pick in the field precisely because he’s not prone...
  • Ted Cruz SLAMS Republican majority in the Senate for allowing Lynch nomination

    04/23/2015 8:51:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    On the Senate floor a few moments ago, Ted Cruz SLAMMED the new Senate Republican majority for refusing to block Loretta Lynch’s nomination to Attorney General. He said that the Republican majority could continue to block the nomination if they wanted to and it’s something he’s urged them to do do because of her admissions to run the DOJ in a lawless fashion just like Eric Holder. He pointed out that more than a few voters are asking what is the difference between a Republican and Democratic Senate majority when someone promising the exact same lawlessness as Holder will be...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ Author Peter Schweizer Is Targeting Jeb Bush Next

    04/23/2015 8:42:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 4/23/15
    From Joshua Green writing at Bloomberg Politics: The past week can’t have been very pleasant for Peter Schweizer. On Sunday, the New York Times revealed that his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, was roiling the political world—“the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy,” as the Times put it. That landed Schweizer squarely in the crosshairs of the Clinton team and allied liberal groups, which have launched a campaign to discredit Schweizer as “disreputable” and blinded by partisan...
  • Happy Earth Day! Scott Walker Warns of Layoffs for Dept. of Natural Resources

    04/23/2015 7:23:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 4/22/15 | Dan Riehl
    According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel item, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be able to take to the stump in his bid for the White House and claim to have cut Wisconsin’s state budget yet again. An employee of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources appears to have run to the media because a notice of potential layoffs due to budget cuts was circulated. Private sector employees don’t get to enjoy this luxury of media coverage attempting to prevent human resources actions over budget shortfalls. It’s as if government workers are scared, somehow—especially those working in areas embraced by the political...
  • Ted Cruz Joked About Hymens While On The College Debate Circuit

    04/23/2015 6:07:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 76 replies ^ | 4/22/15 | Catherine Thompson
    The New York Times dug up some priceless anecdotes from Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) college debating career in a story published Tuesday, from a poorly received joke about regenerating hymen to his affinity for the "Les Misérables" soundtrack. The newspaper spoke with several of Cruz's rival debaters who said that the presidential candidate was a powerful speaker that could be undercut by humor. He would "unravel" when competitors deployed humor against him, according to former Yale debater Austan Goolsbee (an economist who later served on President Obama's cabinet). Cruz also fared poorly when he made jokes himself. From the Times...
  • House Benghazi Report Could Be Delayed Until 2016

    04/22/2015 10:29:48 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 51 replies
    rtt news ^ | 4-22-2015
    While the House Select Committee on Benghazi was originally expected to reveal its findings by the end of this year, the release of the highly anticipated report could be delayed until 2016. The delay would cause the report to be released during the key months of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Republicans on the committee sought to put the blame for the potential delay on Clinton and other members of the Obama administration. "Factors beyond the committee's control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, the granting of security clearancesand accreditations—all of which are controlled by the...
  • Welcome to the New GOP Majority

    04/23/2015 5:57:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 4/22/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Yesterday, I cited a Congressional Quarterly analysis showing that Senate Republicans have voted with Obama more than 50% since the beginning of the new Congress – more than they did while serving in the minority. But there’s more to the story. It’s not just the fact that Republicans are voting with Obama, it’s that they have deliberately ceded structural control of the chamber to Democrats. Typically, the majority party will manipulate the floor process to block initiatives from the minority party and vote on wedge issues favorable to their side – ones that embarrass those in the minority. As such,...