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  • US Sen. Lindsey Graham agrees to debate GOP primary challengers

    04/24/2014 6:10:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Jamie Self
    COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, has agreed to debate his June Republican primary challengers in an event hosted by S.C. Educational Television in collaboration with The State newspaper, The Greenville News and other state newspapers. ETV announced Thursday that Graham will join the debate, which will take place at 7 p.m. on June 7. Graham faces six Republican challengers in June's primary as he seeks re-election to a third term. Det Bowers, a retired Columbia pastor, S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Easley businessman Richard Cash, Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor, Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn, and Charleston PR executive...
  • Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution (We're sorry for false photos?

    04/24/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/24/2014 (35 minutes ago) | Margaret Sullivan
    The Times led its print edition Monday with an article based in part on photographs that the State Department said were evidence of Russian military presence in popular uprisings in Ukraine. The headline read: "Photos link masked men in East Ukraine to Russia." ... The Times has published a second article backing off from the original [link at URL] and airing questions about what the photographs are said to depict, but hardly addressing how the newspaper may have been misled. ...
  • Scrutiny Over Photos Said to Tie Russia Units to Ukraine (NYT issuing a retraction?

    04/24/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 22, 2014 | Michael R. Gordon and Andrew E. Kramer
    A collection of photographs that Ukraine says shows the presence of Russian forces in the eastern part of the country, and which the United States cited as evidence of Russian involvement, has come under scrutiny. The photographs were submitted by Ukraine last week to the Organization for Security and Cooperation, an organization in Vienna that has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine. Some of the photographs were also provided by American officials to Secretary of State John Kerry so he could show them when he met in Geneva last Thursday with his counterparts from the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine....
  • Hot Air Comment registration is now open!

    04/24/2014 11:36:45 AM PDT · by Voice of Reason88 · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 24, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    As of now, the books are open at Hot Air! Those who want to add their voices to our comment sections can now register to join our community. We’ll keep it open until 4 pm ET today. First read our Terms of Service, and if you agree, register through this link and follow the steps. Here are a few things to keep in mind. When you register, we will e-mail you a password. It may take a while (anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour or so, depending on the traffic this open registration creates) to get your...
  • What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common? (same donors. Hmmmm)

    04/24/2014 10:44:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Colby Itkowitz
    Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) share at least one thing: campaign donors. Booker, a Senate newbie, and McConnell, the Senate minority leader, show up dipping into the same donor pool more than any other opposing-party members of Congress. They shared 74 donors in the first year of this election cycle. This comes from a fascinating data dive from the Center for Responsive Politics that broke down which politicians have donor overlap. As the CRP points out, just over one percent of American adults donated to campaigns so far this year, so the pickings are slim. Cashing checks...
  • Tea Party Gave GOP a Backbone

    04/24/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Matt Towery
    Polling numbers and political maneuverings are increasingly confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movement is no longer the large dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012. But just because the "tea" might be a bit weaker, Republicans hoping to hang on to their elected positions or who seek to claim elected office need to understand that the political atmosphere might still be lightening up. In the South, which has been the hotbed for the tea party cause, many big contested GOP nominations that were expected to go to candidates "they"...
  • Ted Cruz: GOP Will Win the Senate

    04/24/2014 9:18:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Charles Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes if the midterms elections were held today, Republicans would win control of the Senate. “I believe right now that we are on a path to do that, I think we’re going to win control of the Senate and we’re going to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader,” Cruz said during an interview with Oklahoma radio host Pat Campbell, ahead of a planned rally in support of Republican Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon. Cruz reminded conservatives that they should be focused on winning control of the Senate. “I think if the election happens right now we would...
  • Karen Handel for Senate

    04/24/2014 9:15:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Erick Erickson
    I have not wanted to take a position on the Georgia Senate race. I have several friends running. I have maintained that my heart is with Paul Broun and my head is with Karen Handel. If I could will someone into the Senate, it’d be Congressman Paul Broun. He’s a terrific and profoundly decent person. But in the end my head has won out for a number of reasons. Early voting is starting in Georgia and I will be voting for Karen Handel. Between Broun and Handel, Handel has momentum upward and has been increasing in fundraising. Broun has been...
  • McConnell Primary Challenger: He's A 'Coward' For Attacking My Family

    04/24/2014 8:49:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Daniel Straus
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin, called the top Senate Republican a "coward" exhibiting the same kind of childishness as an eighth grader in response to McConnell's campaign jabbing at Bevin's family over a new campaign ad. After Bevin's campaign aired a new ad featuring his large family, the twitter handle @BailoutBevinKy, run by the McConnell campaign, tweeted out I was waiting for 'My dad went to MIT!'" a dig at Bevin suggesting that he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I think it's the same kind of childishness that we've seen a...

    04/24/2014 8:41:28 AM PDT · by Moseley · 11 replies
    American Uncensored News Network ^ | April 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The GOP needs to adopt one powerful reform: Stop taking “advice” from people who want Republicans to lose. Almost every problem, dynamic, and force within the Republican Party is currently driven (sometimes in obscure ways) by the naïve assumption that the “advice” freely offered by the GOP’s enemies is sound wisdom the GOP should depend upon. Republican insiders fight any nominee or action which the GOP’s enemies criticize. Insiders think that their enemies’ “advice” shows which candidate will have broad appeal. So if liberal organizations, the liberal news media, or Democrats say a candidate is a bad choice or a...
  • Cantor faces threat from tea party

    04/24/2014 5:50:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    Since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Eric Cantor has dispatched a series of little-known opponents without so much as breaking a sweat. Along the way, he has become a major player on the national stage as House majority leader, built a massive campaign war chest and created an aura of invulnerability in the reliably Republican 7th District, which includes part of Chesterfield County. But as he seeks his seventh term in Congress, Cantor now faces a different type of challenge – not from his left flank, but from a tea party-backed conservative within...
  • Now Republican Candidates Are Taking Aim at Boehner (Challengers vow to toss whole GOP leadership)

    04/24/2014 5:44:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Billy House
    Follow on Twitter April 23, 2014 As a congressional staffer, John Stone got a firsthand look at how House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team operate. His boss was one of its members. Yet now, as he vies for a seat of his own in a crowded Georgia primary, Stone is running on a promise to oust those very same leaders—not just Boehner, but the whole team. "When I got here in the district … what I kept hearing is, we've got to change the party leadership," Stone said. "We need to end the GOP's civil war between the...
  • Is Boehner heading for the exits?

    04/24/2014 5:42:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 4/24/14 | Chad Pergram
    The reading of political tea leaves is one of Washington's most popular parlor games. And when it comes to the future of House Speaker John Boehner, political soothsayers are busy divining patterns in tea leaves, wine sediments and coffee grounds to determine whether the Ohio Republican will stick around for another term. Questions are rampant as to whether Boehner could decide to leave on his own accord or be shoved out the door by a cabal of upstart conservatives intent to flip the House of Representatives on its ear. This tasseography involving the speaker's gavel takes on many forms. The...
  • Eric Cantor Smells Like Desperation, and I’m Not Kidding

    04/24/2014 5:40:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    “Rep. Eric Cantor is out with a tough ad against his primary opponent Dr. Dave Brat for Congress. It is rare for the powerful politician to go on the attack during his bids for re-election.” ~Ryan Nobles, NBC 12, Richmond Via Norm Leahy at Bearing Drift: Just a couple of weeks after brushing off his primary opponent, David Brat, Rep. Eric Cantor has coming out swinging against the economic professor, with both a television ad and a website. ….it shows that Mr. Cantor has decided it’s time to play in the 7th CD, and do so with elbows flying. He...
  • Rep. Eric Cantor (Dem-Lite) In Trouble

    04/24/2014 5:37:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Chip Drewry
    No, he’s not in trouble from that freak show shit-for-brains Democrat, Mike Dickinson, Richard Nixon could rise from the dead and beat that half-wit buffoon, he’s in trouble with Republicans, and I sure as hell hope Republicans are not forgiving. Let’s be clear. Eric Cantor is the problem, not the solution. He needs to come out of the closet, admit he’s a Democrat, and switch party’s. The big tent is full. Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker’s gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder. As speculation heats up about whether...
  • New Eric Cantor Ad Looks Desperate

    04/24/2014 5:34:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Matthew Boyle
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is attacking his GOP primary opponent with a new television ad, a highly unusual move for a sitting member of House leadership that demonstrates he is taking the threat from his right back home more seriously than past months. The ad criticizes his opponent, Randolph-Macon economics professor David Brat, for a tangential association with former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, who proposed raising taxes while he was in office. But a top Virginia official says the association is fleeting at best. “College professor David Brat is running against our conservative congressman Eric Cantor,” a narrator reads...
  • A Day After Tea Party Victory in FL, Liberal Media Claims ‘Establishment’ Victory For GOP

    04/24/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    tpnn,com ^ | 4/23/14 | Greg Campbell
    day after the Tea Party-backed candidate, Curt Clawson, won the Republican primary in Florida’s 19th congressional district, the liberal media has worked to downplay the significance of the Tea Party in heating up around the country in anticipation of the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, according to The Wire, the GOP has “successfully” squashed the Tea Party rebellion within the GOP. Nobody tell Republican favorites Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Mike Lee this… Of course, the certainty of the future direction of the Republican Party remains in flux and while Clawson’s victory is a tremendous win for the Tea...
  • Rare Video: Young Mitch McConnell Knocks Term Limits, Defends Lobbyists

    04/24/2014 5:18:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Nick Tomboulides
    Mitch McConnell has been in office for 29 years. He has been named one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress four times by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, including in 2013. McConnell has already raised $20 million for his re-election campaign this year, including massive donations from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and other special interests. It’s no wonder that McConnell doesn’t like term limits. In this rare footage from 1987, McConnell as a freshman Senator states that he opposes term limits because, “the longer you’re in, the more you know. My experience in the...
  • Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds

    04/23/2014 1:27:37 PM PDT · by topher · 85 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Kenric Ward -
    A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning. “The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.
  • Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?

    04/23/2014 10:58:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | William Jacobson
    There hasn’t been a lot of polling in the South Carolina Republican Senate primary, but what polling there is shows Lindsay Graham ahead by 30%+ against potential challengers. But it may still be a challenge for Graham to get the 50% he needs in the primary to avoid a runoff, and generating a runoff in which all the anti-Graham vote could coalesce, has been the strategy all along. Politico has essentially called challenges to Graham dead on arrival, How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party: Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form —...
  • Tea Party-Backed Curt Clawson Wins in Landside [TPX IX Tour Live Thread]

    04/23/2014 9:13:23 AM PDT · by Syncro · 29 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | April 23, 2014 | Staff/Syncro
    Tea Party-Backed Curt Clawson Wins in Landside Congratulations! We did it! Thanks to your loyal support, we are celebrating the movement's first victory of 2014 in Florida's 19th Congressional district tonight with Tea Party-supported Curt Clawson. Curt Clawson making his victory speech Tonight, Southwest Florida voted to send a bold Tea Party conservative to D.C. Curt Clawson's unique background as a former CEO of a multi-billion dollar international company will be a powerful addition to Congress. The results tonight were clear, Curt Clawson's Tea Party message of economic growth and fiscal responsibility resonated with the voters of Southwest Florida....
  • Poll shows Pryor leading Cotton; McConnell and Hagan in tight races

    04/23/2014 8:43:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Sean Sullivan
    A new round of polling in four states central to the battle for the Senate majority shows Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) with a clear lead over Rep. Tom Cotton (R) and a trio of other incumbents in competitive contests. Pryor leads Cotton 46 percent to 36 percent among registered Arkansas voters in the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. It's a somewhat surprising finding considering that most other recent polling has shown a neck-and-neck race. The new data come at a time when Democrats are expressing increased optimism about Pryor, who earlier this cycle appeared to be the most...
  • Cantor Angers Conservatives Seeking Boehner's Replacement

    04/23/2014 8:20:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Drew MacKenzie
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is getting a failing grade from the conservative caucus in Congress while positioning himself to pick up the speaker's gavel from John Boehner, Breitbart reported. Cantor, a Virginia Republican, is first in line to replace Boehner should the Ohio congressman be forced out of office or decide to quit his leadership role in the House next year. But Breibart has reported that Cantor keeps shooting himself in the foot, as far as conservatives are concerned, while conducting an unofficial job interview for Boehner's coveted position. "Cantor replacing Boehner doesn't move the ball at all," said...
  • GOP Leaders Are Successfully Fighting Off the Tea Party Rebellion (For Now)

    04/23/2014 8:17:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Phillip Bump
    The long-expected Tea Party-versus-Republican-establishment primary brawl seems to have largely evaporated. The real battles may emerge in January 2015, when the party needs to pick the House speaker — and maybe also a new leader in the Senate. Not that we're trying to get ahead of ourselves. It's seemed pretty clear since at least February that the threat that had been brewing in the wake of the government shutdown was quickly fading. Politico has a great look at how South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham effectively built a fortress to ward off any conservative challengers: working to neuter possible opponents, building...
  • Lindsey Graham Uses Savvy, Experience to Deter Challenges

    04/23/2014 8:12:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Sharon Churcher
    When Sen. Lindsey Graham learned that the Tea Party planned to challenge his re-election bid this year, the South Carolina Republican set about outmaneuvering them, reports Politico. The political veteran, who seldom has faced Republican opposition during two decades in Congress, prepped for what an aide called “Armageddon.” Graham enlisted an army of staff and volunteers — including some 5,200 precinct captains, amassed an $11.6 million war chest and blanketed the state with more than $1 million worth of ads promoting his work. Graham also deterred the Tea Party’s favorite, conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney, from running against him by demonstrating...
  • Ted Cruz endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate race

    04/23/2014 6:23:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) waded into the contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska Wednesday, endorsing Midland University President Ben Sasse. "I have gotten to know Ben Sasse, and while Nebraskans have good choices, Ben is the strongest conservative voice running for United States Senate," Cruz said in a statement distributed by Sasse's campaign. "Ben will not be just another vote in the Senate – he will be a leader in the fight to stop the Obama agenda and repeal ObamaCare from day one." Cruz will join Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) at...
  • Boehner and House Republicans Aim to Pass Immigration Bill by Summer

    04/23/2014 5:55:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Warren Mass
    Speaker of the House John Boehner, speaking to a group of donors at a Republican Party fundraiser last month, pledged that the House would pass several immigration bills this summer. Several attendees at the fundraiser told the Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler that Boehner said he was “hellbent on getting this done this year.” One of Boehner’s House colleagues, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a recent trip to Silicon Valley that legislative action this year was “entirely possible,” with the House likely voting this summer on five to seven immigration bills....
  • Cantor launches hit against primary opponent Brat

    04/23/2014 5:51:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    Cantor last night launched an attack ad against Brat, mocking his profession and accusing his challenger of helping former Governor Tim Kaine (D) propose a significant tax increase on the Virginia citizens. First, here is a look at the ad: In addition to the ad, the Cantor campaign unveiled a website designed to paint Brat as a liberal college professor not the conservative crusader he claims to be. The attack line is not a new one from Cantor. His team sent out a fundraising e-mail shortly after Brat announced describing him as a liberal and tying him to Kaine. However...
  • Reid, Boehner, Cantor and the Lame Duck

    04/23/2014 5:48:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Ken Adams
    Polls indicate that Republicans may win a majority in the U. S. Senate on November 4. While that would be a very positive event, the de-throning of Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid may trigger an attempt to pass amnesty for illegal aliens. Here’s the story. The number one goal of the Democrats in Congress is to grant amnesty to those who have entered the country illegally. It is fair to say that the Democrats lust after amnesty. And they lust after amnesty because if it is passed, it will create twenty million new Democratic voters and insure liberal Democratic rule...
  • Brat vs. Cantor: A Looming Political Earthquake

    04/23/2014 5:46:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    Fairfax County residents should take note of the serious challenge being mounted by David Brat, an Economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, against incumbent and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches northwest from Richmond across multiple counties to Page and Rappahannock Counties. Fairfax County residents should rightly focus on party primaries in the 8th, 10th, and 11th Congressional Districts this spring. But the outcome of the Brat vs. Cantor primary will influence the direction of national policies directly affecting county residents. These national policies include: •Comprehensive immigration reform involving amnesty for...
  • Palace Intrigue: Right Searches For Cantor Alternative

    04/23/2014 5:44:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker's gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder. As speculation heats up about whether Speaker John Boehner will return in 2015, Cantor is in the midst of a kind of shadow job interview with House conservatives, and it isn't going all that well. Cantor recently enraged many Republicans by sneaking a Medicare bill through the House by voice vote. Days later, a provision in the bill that expanded Obamacare coverage became public, prompting high-profile scrutiny from the Drudge Report. Making matters worse, Boehner had been...
  • Lindsey Graham Stares Down the Tea Party

    04/23/2014 5:25:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Corey Hutchins
    In July 2010, at the height of the Tea Party’s power — when Don’t Tread on Me flags bloomed across South Carolina and fresh-faced insurgents vanquished establishment GOP stalwarts — Lindsey Graham wasn’t worried. His next election was four years away, and as he rode in a sedan through his native Upstate with a New York Times magazine reporter profiling him, the state’s senior U.S. senator explained that he didn’t think the Tea Party was sustainable. “It will die out,” he said. That was a bold statement in 2010 — especially from an establishment Republican figure like Graham in a...
  • How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party (Politico love piece but this is how they do it!)

    04/23/2014 5:23:34 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 4/23/14 | Manu Raju
    SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do. After the tea party wave in the 2010 election, right-wing groups were itching to get one of South Carolina’s newly elected conservative congressmen to challenge Graham, the blunt-spoken, deal-making congressional veteran of two decades. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a favorite of the grass roots, was high on their list. So when Graham got wind in 2012 that Mulvaney wanted a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, he quietly lobbied his longtime friend, Speaker John...

    04/22/2014 1:56:16 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 258 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Bob Price
    After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action. “I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab. “I am deeply...
  • Mitch McConnell: A “Work Horse” for Special Interests

    04/22/2014 1:20:52 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | Jacqueline Bodnar
    Washington, DC- The latest ad released by Team Mitch, the campaign to reelect moderate Republican Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell, makes multiple false claims and attempts to sugar coat the Senator’s dismal record in Washington. The ad claims that six-term Senator McConnell “saved 99% of Kentuckians from an Obama income tax increase,” that he “fights for Kentucky miners against Obama’s war on coal,” and that he’s “leading the fight against ObamaCare.” The statements in the Team Mitch ad could not be further from the truth, and FreedomWorks for America President Matt Kibbe released the following statement to correct the falsehoods...
  • Maine 2nd District GOP Candidates Spar Over Support for Collins (ME)

    04/22/2014 11:46:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | A. J. Higgins
    In the past, Republican primary opponents for Maine's 2nd Congressional District haven't been shy about expressing their criticisms of each other or the political system. But they usually draw a line at recommending that disgruntled voters should elect Democrats instead. Yet, when an audience member at a Thursday evening candidate's debate in Machias rose to criticize Sen. Susan Collins' performance in office, congressional hopeful Bruce Poliquin agreed, saying he shared the speaker's frustration. "We have career politicians who are afraid to solve tough problems," Poliquin said. "I'm a businessperson trying to solve problems. I agree with you - we ought...
  • US Senate hopeful Bill Connor announces endorsements from conservative groups (SC)

    04/22/2014 11:33:30 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Jamie Self
    COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Senate hopeful Bill Connor has received endorsements from two S.C. conservative groups in his bid against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. The Conservatives for Responsible Government of South Carolina and the Association of Black Conservatives have announced their backing of Connor, an Orangeburg attorney and Afghanistan war veteran and one of six Republicans hoping to beat Graham in June's primary. Bren Gibson, president of Conservatives for Responsible Government, announced the group's endorsement in a video. Gibson says in the video, "Bill has been fighting for our national interests in the Middle East and now wants to carry...
  • Eric Cantor Puts Head of Republican Party Virginia on His Payroll?

    04/22/2014 9:06:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA), majority whip for the U.S. House of Representatives, has quite a game going in his home state of Virginia, maybe a game ending in political life or death. Cantor, a left-leaning Republican, teetering on the right edge of a seat on the left side of the aisle (see it here in graph form) has reportedly hired K6 Consulting Group to manage his June primary and opponent, conservative anti-amnesty economics professor Dr. Dave Brat. Connected to K6 is Shaun Kenney a well-known, Cantor-supporting blogger on a site billed as "Virginia’s premiere conservative web site." Kenney was recently...
  • Robert Costa Analyzes The Coming GOP House Leadership Fight

    04/22/2014 9:00:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    HH: I begin with Robert Costa, political reporter for the Washington Post. Hello, Robert, and a Happy Easter to you. RC: Hey, great to join you. HH: Now Robert, it’s springtime in Washington, and no one’s doing much. The first thing I want to ask you is when do they all come back? And what do you expect them to do when they all get back there? RC: Well, they’re all coming back from recess next Monday, and I don’t expect much to be done except perhaps jockeying for a possible leadership race, and getting ready for the midterms in...
  • House Conservatives Agitate for Change in Leadership — but Can They Take Boehner’s Gavel?

    04/22/2014 8:56:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Matt Fuller
    Conservatives are increasingly — and not so quietly — showing the early signs of a speakership revolt. But short of a sudden groundswell of opposition from the GOP rank-and-file, or a magic wand, Speaker John A. Boehner is the one who controls his fate. Just don’t tell that to the Ohio Republican’s foes. “I think pretty well everybody’s figured Mr. Boehner’s going to be gone, and the question is Cantor and McCarthy,” said Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. “But most conservatives are saying it’s not just at the top; it’s all the way through.” Huelskamp, who was more than an active player...
  • The GOP’s Electoral Future: Will it really become a permanent minority?

    04/22/2014 7:25:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/22/2014 | Michael Barone
    Have the Republicans become the white man’s party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans’ opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism? Those are questions you hear in the clash of political argument, and you will hear plenty of answers in the affirmative if you click onto MSNBC or with any regularity. You can find a more nuanced and thoughtful analysis in Jonathan Chait’s recent New York magazine article, “The Color of His Presidency.” Chait, a liberal, starts off by noting that the post-racial America that Obama seemed to promise in his 2004 national convention...
  • Brain Drain: Self-Imposed Term Limits Shuffle Committees, House GOP Leadership

    04/22/2014 8:00:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Republicans are facing a brain drain of historic proportions atop their committees — as many as half of their chairmen could be forced to step down next year, thanks to a 20-year-old rule. The shakeup is due mostly to the GOP’s self-imposed limit, adopted in 1994, on how long a Republican congressman can chair a committee. It’s a policy that is widely popular within the Republican Conference, but is increasingly being questioned by members losing their gavels. The impending shuffle will do little to change the demographics of the Republican leadership structure — almost all of the white men...
  • The establishment strikes back in U.S. House race

    04/22/2014 7:45:15 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Wes Wolfe
    It started Dec. 3, 2012. Roll Call’s Jonathan Strong reported that afternoon of a move made by Speaker of the House John Boehner in reining in his caucus and giving notice to House Republicans who had a tendency to go their own way that he wasn’t playing around. So, U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., found himself no longer on the House Financial Services Committee, along with U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz. And the House Budget Committee no longer had seats for U.S. Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., or Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas. Jones hadn’t been a favorite in a number of circles...
  • IRS revokes conservative group’s tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements

    04/21/2014 6:49:37 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.</p> <p>The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s character and qualifications,” according to a written determination released Friday by the IRS.</p>
  • GOP Senate Candidate: I Think I Know More About Women Than My Democratic Male Opponent

    04/22/2014 5:49:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 4/22/14 | Katie Pavlich
    Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican and shockingly, her Democratic opponent Rep. Gary Peters is accusing her of waging a war on women (Democrats are being really original with their attack strategy this year). Now, Land is taking on the issue directly with her first campaign ad openly mocking Peters for accusing her, a woman, of waging a war on women. "I'm Terri Lynn Land and I approve this message because as a woman, I might know a little bit more about women than Gary Peters." The ad is...
  • Rothenberg: Udall will lose Colorado Senate seat to Gardner

    04/22/2014 5:36:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | Greg Campbell
    Colorado Sen. Mark Udall will lose his tough re-election campaign to Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in November, according to Roll Call’s Stu Rothenberg, who made the prediction on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. Udall is running a neck-and-neck race with Gardner, whose decision to run for Senate in lieu of reelection to the House energized what had been a lackluster race. The high-profile duel has attracted big money from groups supporting both candidates and the issues have centered on energy and health care. Host Candy Crowley asked her guests — in addition to Rothenberg, the panelists included Mo Elleithee...
  • McDaniel Monday: Top Political Forecaster Declares Thad Cochran in “Deep Trouble

    04/22/2014 5:14:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    One of the nation’s top political forecasters declared Tuesday that six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is in “deep trouble” against conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel in this year’s Mississippi GOP senate primary on June 3. From – April 21, 2014 Stuart Rothenberg wrote in Roll Call that McDaniel actually has “the best chance of any anti-establishment Senate hopeful to knock off an incumbent, and the defeat of six-term Senate veteran Thad Cochran would send shock waves through both the national media and the Republican Party.” “Cochran, 76, is in trouble – in deep trouble – primarily because...
  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    04/21/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject. The event is hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and it’s being held at the prestigious Chicago Club in the heart of the Windy City. Among the guests...
  • Former GOP heavyweights give to Thad Cochran

    04/21/2014 1:04:58 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | Burgess Everett
    Thad Cochran has made a lot of important friends during his 35 years in the Senate — and they haven’t forgotten about him as he stares down a challenge from the right. Former Senate colleagues Bob Dole (R-Kan.), Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) and Steve Symms (R-Idaho) all donated to the Mississippi Republican during the first three months of the year, as did the leadership PACs of two of Cochran’s colleagues, Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, according to newly filed campaign finance documents. The lawmakers donating to Cochran come mostly from the party’s...
  • GOP Eyes Senate Race In Blue State Oregon

    04/21/2014 12:59:42 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 4/21/14 | Wynton Hall
    In an aggressive move, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) issued a memorandum highlighting the GOP's widening 2014 Senate battle map into blue state stronghold Oregon. The memo cited new polling that reveals first term Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley is "incredibly vulnerable, far more so than most suspected." The poll, conducted by Harper Polling, found that Merkley's favorables are just 39% and under 50% on the ballot. Oregon has not elected a Republican to statewide office in over a decade. Republicans, however, believe the GOP primary will produce a candidate who can beat Merkley in a state whose disastrous Obamacare...