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  • Jeb Bush beating around the campaign trail

    05/27/2015 4:56:17 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/27/15 | Howie Carr
    Jeb Bush sucks. Why beat around the ... bush? It’s reality. Juan Ellis Bush is stumbling around the country, and the more Republicans he meets, the further he drops in the polls. In Oklahoma over the weekend, he finished sixth — sixth! — in a straw poll. In Iowa, he’s been running seventh. Even in New Hampshire, he’s slip-sliding away, tied for third in the most recent Bloomberg poll. “I am a Bush and I am proud of it,” he blurted out last week in Portsmouth. “I mean, what am I supposed to say?” How about, “I quit.” Or, “I’m...
  • Supreme Court to Hear Texas Senate Districts Case

    05/26/2015 7:52:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/26/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children or not citizens. The plaintiffs claim that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens alike violates the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. The challengers claim that taking account of total population can lead to vast differences in the number of voters in...
  • Meet the 'Dark Money' Phantom (protect Senator Portman time!)

    05/26/2015 4:18:20 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 5/26/15 | Carrie Levine
    A "bulldog" Ohio lawyer is helping conservative groups influence elections as opaquely as legally possible. WEST CHESTER, OhioJust outside Cincinnati, tucked among insurance agencies, hair salons and a yoga studio, is the nexus of one of the nations most mysterious networks pouring secret money into elections. Langdon Law LLC Political, Election Nonprofit and Constitutional Law, reads its small sign, which faces the buildings parking lot rather than the street. On a Tuesday afternoon last month, that parking lot was empty. No one answered the Langdon Law office door. Phone calls went unreturned. Unlike other heavy-hitting political lawyers, David Langdon doesnt...
  • US Sen. Thad Cochran Marries Longtime Aide, His Office Says

    05/25/2015 11:43:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has married longtime aide Kay Webber. In a statement released Monday, Cochran's office said the marriage took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. Spokesman Chris Gallegos says Webber, Cochran's executive assistant, has worked for him since 1981. The 77-year-old senator's former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after living in a nursing home for 13 years.
  • FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers (so screw you, Mitch!)

    05/24/2015 4:22:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies ^ | 5/21/15 | Maggie Ybarra
    FBI agents cant point to any major terrorism cases theyve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Departments inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating. Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents, and increasingly scooped up records of Americans who had no ties to official terrorism investigations. The FBI did...
  • The Democrats heat up some leftovers for the 2016 Senate races.

    05/24/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies ^ | 5/23/15 | Moe Lane
    Before we get into the meat of this story from the National Journal, let me just note that this One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obamas tenure in office has always been properly appreciated by me. I noticed this issue a while back. Sorry, but I felt the need to establish that. Moving on less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the partys Senate races. Its awfully unusual to see how...
  • American Crossroads facing challenges to its political power

    05/24/2015 6:54:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 5/21/15 | Eric Lichtblau and Maggie Haberman
    WASHINGTON >> For three election cycles, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists, has been among the most powerful forces in national politics, a shadow party that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, data and opposition research to help elect candidates. But in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign, Crossroads among the first outside groups to fully exploit the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision unleashing wealthy donors and corporations has been buffeted by a rapidly changing political landscape that is testing its pre-eminence, and potentially its survival. The...
  • McConnell's Patriot Act Plot Veers Off Script

    05/23/2015 6:44:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 5/23/15 | Sarah Mimms
    All Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted was a quick extension of the Patriot Act and then a vacation. Early Saturday morning, his plans for a two-month extension quickly dwindled to a week-long extension, then a four-day extension, then a two-day extension, then a one-day extension. Each time, McConnell was rebuffed by a small coterie led by Sen. Rand Paul, his home state colleague, a close ally and friend, not to mention his choice for the 2016 presidential nomination. Call it the Bluegrass State brawl. The all-out legislative fight capped off the end of a strange session for McConnell, when...
  • Republicans lose faith in party leadership

    05/23/2015 6:40:02 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 5/23/15 | Jeff Crouere
    A new Pew Research Center poll shows that America is unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22% overall approval rating. What is especially significant is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve of the performance of the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders received in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, months after the party took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years. There is...
  • McConnell's floor strategy backfires

    05/23/2015 6:34:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 5/22/15 | Burgess Everett
    Mitch McConnell tried to use a time-tested tactic to break his fellow senators will and get what he wants: the threat of missing their vacation after a grueling, six-week work period. It didnt work. The majority leader prioritized a fast-track trade bill over renewing three key PATRIOT Act provisions that expire on May 31. McConnell got the trade bill through on Friday evening, but his attempts to exhaust his colleagues and jam through a clean extension of surveillance laws blew apart just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A trio of libertarian-leaning senators objected to McConnells attempts to offer even a two-day...
  • American Conservative Union Slams McCain For Selectively Citing Ratings To Make Himself Look Better

    05/23/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 5/23/15 | Michelle Moons
    Sen. John McCains campaign team is getting called out by the very organization whose rating it cited on Twitter. Team McCain advertised his 91 percent rating in 2014 from conservative group ACU as the Washington insider heads into a tough 2016 campaign season. What it doesnt mention is his abysmal 2013 rating of 52 percent or his history of higher ratings going into re-election fights. The American Conservative Union (ACU), host of the hugely popular Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC), rates Congressional officeholders year over year. McCains lifetime ACU based on 32 years in office is 82.13 percent. Looking back...
  • 5 reasons the Iowa Straw Poll does not matter

    05/22/2015 6:07:08 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON (TNS) R.I.P., Iowa Straw Poll. Badly wounded in 2011, it was lethally wounded Thursday.Mike Huckabee announced he wont compete this year. Neither will Jeb Bush. So far, no one except Donald Trump has committed to participating if he runs.For years, the circuslike summer event served mainly as a test of how much money candidates for the Republican nomination would spend to buy tickets for attendees, on buses to get them there, and on barbecue and music to entertain them so they would support them in a non-binding poll.And the Democrats, who ban all straw polls as a...
  • Hillary Clinton's scandals piling up faster than flakes in a snowstorm

    05/22/2015 6:31:07 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/22/2015 | Michael Goodwin
    Wading through the daily deluge of Hillary Clinton news, I feel like Im reading the police blotter. The litany of her shameful shenanigans resembles the litany of neighborhood crimes recorded by cops. There are simply too many to stomach. There is another similarity, too: In both cases, fear and revulsion are the proper responses from honest Americans. More than 17 months before Election Day, Clinton scandals are piling up faster than robberies during a police strike. There is a media feeding frenzy over her shady dealings and the sheer volume of unsavory revelations is approaching a critical mass. The pace...
  • Boehner is Going DOWN!! Speaker To Receive Strong Primary Challenge Again From JD Winteregg!

    05/22/2015 4:22:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 5/21/15 | Scott Osborn
    For those who say JD cant win and no one can beat John Boehner I can only say this: Go to New York, head on over to K Street (Wall Street) and find former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where hes working some cushy, high-paid, influence peddling job now, since getting his arse handed to him by he cant win Dave Brat. Walk up to Cantor and tell him JD Winteregg cannot beat John Boehner: Then, I want you to take out your iPhone and take a pic of Eric Cantors face right after you tell him Winteregg cant...
  • Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments

    05/21/2015 8:17:20 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/21/2015 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups. The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign. The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as revenue rather than donations, which is why...
  • Kentucky Tea Party triumph

    05/21/2015 3:58:09 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 5/21/15 | Frank Friday
    A year ago Sen. Mitch McConnell was basking in a convincing U.S. Senate primary victory, explaining he had "crushed the tea party" by beating political newcomer, Louisville entrepreneur, and army veteran Matt Bevin. But in a shocking 4-way gubernatorial primary, Bevin turned the tables in 2015 and is now the GOP nominee in a race against a very liberal and beatable Democrat Jack Conway; the guy Rand Paul rolled over in 2010. This wasnt supposed to happen. Bevin hesitated to even enter the governors race, only filing on the last day. The big favorite going in was the young agriculture...
  • Eckhart to challenge Portman for U.S. Senate nomination (Ohio)

    05/21/2015 3:19:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies ^ | 5/21/15
    Don Elijah Eckhart has announced he will try to wrestle the Republican Partys nomination for U.S. Senator from incumbent Rob Portman in the March 2016 primary. I am pro-life, and I continue to support the Ohio Constitutions definition of marriage as one man and one woman, Mr. Eckhart said. I will protect religious freedom, especially the right of pastors and priests to preach values from the Bible. He said he is committed to simplifying the federal income tax and reducing tax rates for the middle class. By eliminating special tax breaks, the overall income tax rates could be reduced substantially,...
  • As Matt Bevin focuses on fall election, questions about Mitch McConnell, GOP divide linger

    05/21/2015 3:11:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 5/21/15 | Sam Youngman
    In his first public appearance since Tuesday night's election, presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin got a glimpse of the trouble he might have uniting his party in coming months. Bevin wrapped up his remarks Thursday afternoon to the Women Republicans of Central Kentucky by talking about how he has even heard from several Democrats who told him they will work for his campaign. Then he opened it up to questions. Patrick Moores of Lexington stood in Sal's Chophouse and complimented Bevin on his likely victory and then asked Bevin the question that many Republicans have asked about him for...
  • Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 2:37:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 20, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    A focus group of ten Iowa Democrats were assembled by Bloomberg Politics and while all of them confidently pledged their support for Hillary Clinton as president, not one of them could name a single accomplishment while she was Secretary of State...[Snip]...The takeaway from the focus group accentuates the problem with an uninformed public. These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred candidate speaks volumes.
  • Orrin Hatch on Trade Bill: I Dont Know Fully Whats in TPP Myself

    05/21/2015 1:43:39 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies ^ | 5/21/15 | Alex Swoyer
    Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (MA) went to the Senate floor to push for immediate consideration of a bill that would make the Obamatrade text public right now Congress has to go to a secured room to review the text and cant take notes out or discuss what is in it with the public. That motion failed when Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) objected, since it required unanimous consent. The two Democrats even praised President George W. Bush, who released his free trade text in 2001. Today, President Obama, who promised to have the most...
  • Matt Bevin Holds Slim 83 Vote Lead In Kentucky GOP Gubernatorial Primary

    05/20/2015 4:01:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 5/20/15 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    One year after Senator Sen. Mitch McConnell soundly thumped him in the 2014 Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin has apparently mounted a spectacular comeback. With all precincts reporting, Bevin leads Agriculture Commissioner Jack Comer by a whopping 83 votes in the primary to be the partys nominee for governor. While Comer has called for a recanvass of votes, most political pundits in the state are calling Bevin the likely victor. Bevin himself claimed victory late Tuesday night. For those of you in the media who thought Republican politics in the state of Kentucky was boring, think...
  • The Kentucky Gubernatorial primary is another blow to Mitch McConnell

    05/20/2015 3:57:18 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies ^ | 5/20/15 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you missed the primary battle in Kentucky last night, there was enough excitement in the GOP governors race to fill the pages of politicos notebooks for quite a while in an odd numbered year. You probably remember Matt Bevin, who was a big Tea Party favorite in his challenge to Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate primary but was rather thoroughly stomped on election day. Well, hes still in the game and hoping to become Governor instead. He found himself in a wild ride late into the night, after first having been declared the winner by the local...
  • Tea Party Alive and Kicking After Kentucky Cliffhanger

    05/20/2015 3:54:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies ^ | 5/20/15 | John Gizzi
    At a time when many pundits were concluding that the "tea party" movement had run out of steam, a favorite of the conservative, grass-roots movement demonstrated Tuesday in Kentucky that rumors of its demise may be greatly exaggerated. A year after he was soundly defeated in his nationally watched primary challenge to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, Louisville businessman and "tea party" favorite Matt Bevin was the apparent winner of the Republican nomination for governor in Kentuckys closest-ever statewide primary. In topping a four-candidate race by 83 votes out of more than 214,000 cast, Bevin overcame two well-known contenders who...
  • Guess Whose Priorities Mitch McConnell is Pushing?

    05/20/2015 3:28:21 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 5/19/15 | Daniel Horowitz
    Despite the looming deadlines for several other must-pass bills, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (54%, F Liberty Score) declared his intention to finish debate and pass the trade bill before senators go home for the Memorial Day recess. Employing a tactic commonly used by his predecessor, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), in a veiled threat to keep the chamber in for part of the upcoming recess, McConnell is using the jet fumes from the tarmac at Reagan National Airport to leverage members into dropping their amendments to the Trade Promotion Authority bill (TPA) and agreeing to pass it expeditiously. This is the...
  • The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades

    05/19/2015 11:24:40 PM PDT · by iowamark · 21 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 19, 2015 | Sean Trende & David Byler
    Last fall, RCP Election Analyst David Byler and I put together an index of party strength. While most journalists look at presidential performance as a measure of party strength (see the ubiquitous Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six elections), we take a broader view of party strength. Rather than look simply at presidential performance, we look at party dominance at the federal, congressional, and state levels. One need only look at fights over voter identification laws, redistricting, food stamp benefits, Obamacare expansion, and a multitude of other battles from the last few years alone...
  • Heres How Hillary Clinton Responded to Fox Reporters Request for Her to Take Questions

    05/19/2015 9:54:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 19 May 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Columnists Heres How Hillary Clinton Responded to Fox Reporters Request for Her to Take Questions by Andrew Kirell | 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2015 video 20 Since announcing her presidential run a month ago, Hillary Clinton has rarely taken questions from the media. Its gotten so bad that the New York Times has taken to asking hypothetical questions for when she does start answering; and the Washington Post has begun counting the minutes since her last media conversation. Her reluctance to answer questions has been underscored by ongoing controversies surrounding foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and her use...
  • Watch: Michelles Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson

    05/19/2015 5:53:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 18, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Watch: Michelles Race-Baiting Shredded By Black Guy Who Gives Her A Must-See History Lesson VIDEO B. Christopher Agee May 18, 2015 at 2:32pm In a recent installment of Zonation, host Alfonzo Rachel reacted to Michelle Obamas recent commencement address at Tuskegee University. As Western Journalism reported, the first lady used the forum to spread a message of victimhood among black graduates. Im disappointed that the students at Tuskegee University didnt get up and walk out on Michelle Obamas speech, Rachel said. Its like the graduates spent all that time at the college and didnt learn anything worth a hard donut.
  • The Answer to GOP's Overcrowded Debate Field

    05/18/2015 10:57:59 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 05/18/2015 | Bill Scher
    Three months before the first official Republican presidential debateand with as many as 19 potential GOP candidatesparty leaders are struggling to figure out how many can plausibly fit on one stage. Last week Politico reported a behind-the-scenes consensus at the Republican National Committee spring meeting that the first few debates should be capped at 12 candidates. But the confab concluded without any final decisions as to how the culling should occur. Quantitative measures proposed so far include the candidates standing in state and national polls, the number of campaign events and campaign staff members, elective office experience, and fundraising. And...
  • The GOP Can Rage Against the Dying of the Light

    05/18/2015 8:39:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Beware advice telling conservative parties to target the youth vote by adopting policies that may alienate their core older constituencies. Elections can be lost this way At Politico, Daniel McGraw has an interesting article on how The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally: It turns out that one of the Grand Old Partys biggestand least discussedchallenges going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the partys own nickname. The Republican Party voter is oldand getting older, and as the adage goes, there are two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Right now, both are enemies of the GOP...
  • 14 Reasons Donald Trump Is Really Running and Doing Well

    05/18/2015 5:11:54 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 71 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 15 May 2015 | Jim Meyers
    Here are the reasons, according to the article. (please see link for full descriptions) 1. Trump is polling extremely well 2. An official announcement could boost him even more 3. He consistently beats top-tier candidates in nationwide polls 4. Trump is leaving "the Apprentice" for its next TV run 5. Trump is preparing a national organization 6. Trump has already begun actively campaigning 7. Trump is an outsider 8. He has drawn an enormous response from the grassroots 9. Trump is clearly differentiating himself from other candidates 10. Trump has experience to rebuild America 11. He plans to be part...
  • Stephanopoulos Has Got to Go

    05/18/2015 6:13:00 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/17/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    What to think about George Stephanopoulos? Some years ago, I worked with a young man who would later become momentarily infamous, during the season of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair, when he was found to have fabricated aspects of stories for a very high-profile national news outlet. I found all those episodes maddening: As a writer for small community newspapers, I was used to being blown off by sources, accustomed to politicians and other worthies refusing to return my calls. But if youre a writer for the Washington Post or The New Yorker, people pick up the phone when you...
  • Stephanopoulos crisis at ABC

    05/18/2015 6:55:30 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 65 replies
    Page Six NY Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | Emily Smith
    Network honchos at ABC are scrambling to keep their George Stephanopoulos scandal from becoming a Brian Williams disaster. Insiders at ABC News said higher-ups were blindsided by Stephanopoulos hefty undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation, saying the contributions may have made damaged goods of their biggest star. This is a bigger crisis than ABC will admit, a source told The Post. George is the centerpiece of their 2016 coverage. By donating to the Clintons, he has blown his credibility in one catastrophic move. How can he moderate a debate or question a Republican candidate without questions over his impartiality? Stephanopoulos...
  • Dear Gop Establishment: You Went With The Wrong Retread

    05/18/2015 4:11:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies ^ | 5/17/15 | Steve M.
    There was a moment when it looked as if both Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney would be running for president. Then, apparently, meetings were convened in the modern-day equivalent of smoke-filled rooms, and Romney decided to bow out, allowing Bush to be the graybeard choice of the party Establishment. More and more, it seems as if the party made a mistake. Mitt and Jeb are both sad emblems of an embarrassing past, but Jeb appears to be a worse campaigner than Mitt, and Jeb refuses to budge from positions that are anathema to the party base. What's more, the party's...
  • McConnell, Stephanopoulos Reach Across The Aisle To Help Push Hillary Clintons Obamatrade

    05/17/2015 1:02:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies ^ | 5/17/15 | Matthew Boyle
    An embattled Republican, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined an embattled Democrat, ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos, in a rare showing of bipartisan support for the Hillary Clinton-backed Obamatrade deal on Sunday morning. With Stephanopoulos on the ropes over his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation a fact he didnt bother to disclose before interviewing Breitbart News senior editor Peter Schweizer about his book Clinton Cash there are serious questions being raised about McConnells decision to attempt to help the former Bill Clinton staffer. McConnell is now taking his non-partisan governing agenda to the media,...
  • Marco Rubio: I Still Believe In Comprehensive Immigration Reform, But "The Votes Aren't There"

    05/17/2015 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 17, 2015
    Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace he still believe in comprehensive immigration reform, but the votes just aren't there. Rubio this is due to the 2014 border crisis and "unilateral actions the president took in his executive orders." Rubio acknowledged former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) "partially lost" the Republican primary in 2014 because of his support for comprehensive immigration reform. "The problem is the votes aren't there in the House," Rubio said Sunday. "And as you know, for example, the Majority Leader of the House partially lost his election on the perception...
  • Republican Senators' Conservative Ratings (revised)

    05/16/2015 4:31:31 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies
    The American Conservative Union (ACU) FINALLY published its ratings for last year, so I have been able update my averages. The ACU is the Establishment's favorite rating agency, because it lets congressmen and senators hide behind "lifetime ratings" where they can use their votes from twenty years ago give them cover for last year. And it seems they carefully rate things to protect RINO's. John McCain has a rating of 91%, which is a joke(and those like McCain are careful to vote well on issues the ACU scores, like taxes, to keep their ratings artificially high.) But when you average...
  • Marlin Stutzman for U.S. Senate (Senate Conservatives Fund endorsement for Indiana)

    05/16/2015 2:22:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    Alexandria, VA -- Today, the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) announced its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) for the U.S. Senate in Indiana where U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) is retiring. SCF President Ken Cuccinelli made the following statement: "We're proud to support Congressman Marlin Stutzman for the U.S. Senate in Indiana. He's a proven conservative who believes in limited government, a strong national defense, and traditional values. During his time in Congress, Stutzman has worked to repeal Obamacare, balance the budget, and stop the presidents executive amnesty. He showed great wisdom and courage in opposing the food stamp...
  • It turns out Ted Cruz does not get his insurance through Obamacare

    05/16/2015 12:14:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | By Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) wants to kill Obamacare, but he admitted that he might have to sign up for it after his wife took a leave from her job and its benefits. As it turns out, Cruz never signed up for Obamacare. He purchased his family's health insurance off the open market. Cruz and his wife, Heidi, purchased a private health insurance plan from Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said Saturday. "They didn't buy it off the exchange," Tyler said. There was no gap between coverage, and the Cruz family never enrolled in a plan...
  • OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: GOP chairman won't back extending ObamaCare subsidies

    05/16/2015 12:04:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said Thursday that he does not support an idea backed by Senate Republican leadership to temporarily extend ObamaCare subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law. "I don't think that I would be able to be supportive of continuing the subsidies beyond what the Court would allow," Price told The Hill. A plan from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to continue the subsidies until 2017 has been co-sponsored by Senate Republican leaders. Price is one of the most prominent Republicans to come out against the idea. The idea behind the temporary continuation is that...

    05/16/2015 4:43:56 AM PDT · by theoldmarine · 53 replies
    NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show....The following list includes news media organizations that have donated to the foundation, as well as other media networks, companies, foundations or individuals that have donated. It is organized by the size of the contribution:....$1,000,000-$5,000,000 Carlos Slim Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder James Murdoch Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox Newsmax Media Florida-based conservative media network
  • Andrea Zopp Decides To Run For Kirk's Senate Seat

    05/15/2015 4:48:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mary Ann Ahern
    Updated at 12:19 PM CDT on Friday, May 15, 2015 Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate. "Yes. I'm running," the Chicago Urban League president and CEO confirmed to Ward Room on Friday. Zopp said she will challenge Sen. Mark Kirk in next year's election and plans to make a formal announcement in the next couple weeks. During an interview last month with NBC 5, Zopp said she can "really bring something to the race." From Harvard Law School, she became the first deputy at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, a corporate lawyer...
  • Murkowski Facing a Primary Puzzle

    05/15/2015 3:00:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 5/15/15 | Simone Pathe
    Joe Miller isnt the only conservative Alaskan with eyes on Sen. Lisa Murkowski state Sen. Mike Dunleavy is also considering coming after the Republican senator from the right. GOP operatives in the state and Democratic former Sen. Mark Begich, ousted last fall, told CQ Roll Call about Dunleavys interest. He represents the conservative Mat-Su Valley and isnt ruling anything out. I can confirm the rumors, he told CQ Roll Call. But I can neither confirm nor deny my commitment. In the same conversation, Dunleavy said hed likely be making a decision soon possibly within a week. Or Murkowski,...
  • Senate leader backed into a corner in Patriot Act battle (poor Mitch!)

    05/15/2015 1:19:00 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 5/15/15 | Julie Hattem
    Mitch McConnell is in a bind. The Senate majority leader opposes changes to the National Security Agency, but his proposal to reauthorize surveillance powers under the Patriot Act cleanly is unlikely to pass the upper chamber. After the House increased the pressure Wednesday with an overwhelming vote in favor of an NSA reform bill, McConnell (R-Ky.) began to look for an escape hatch, filing legislation Thursday evening that would push the June 1 deadline back by two months. But it's unclear whether a short-term extension could pass the Senate, let alone the House, where reform supporters are vowing to oppose...
  • Trump on Jeb Bush: I dont think he wants to run

    05/14/2015 9:36:44 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 15 2015 | Chris Cassidy
    BARRINGTON, N.H. Donald Trump ripped Jeb Bush on Common Core, immigration, his ever-changing Iraq War comments and even whether the former Florida governors heart is really in the race. His statements are a disaster, Trump said. That answer that he gave that he would do the Iraq War all over again, I think its a disaster. Now, he retracted it a day later, but thats only because his people said retract it. Trump also slammed Bush for supporting the federal Common Core education standards and labeled him weak on immigration. But he also questioned whether Bush even wants...
  • McConnell the Anti-Patriot

    05/15/2015 4:13:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 5/14/15 | Jen Kuznicki
    Last week, as a result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a circuit court ruled that bulk data collection on the part of the NSA is illegal. With only a few days left before key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire, and at a time when heightened awareness and skepticism of bulk data collection continue to concern Americans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has positioned himself, and since he is the leader of the Senate, his party as well, against the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The problem that McConnell creates is that power-hungry Democrats...
  • Republicans Revolt Over Stephanopouloss Conflict of Interest At ABC

    05/14/2015 2:50:49 PM PDT · by VinL · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5/14/2015 | Debre Heine
    Amidst revelations that ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos was an undisclosed contributor to the Clinton Foundation slush fund at the same time he was defending it on the air, some GOPers are finally putting their foot down. Conn Carroll, formally the White House correspondent for Townhall and currently communications director for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) had this to say on Twitter: "I'm not letting my boss go on ABC until GStephanopoulos recuses himself from all 2016 coverage." And Rand Paul is the First Republican presidential candidate to say George Stephanopoulos shouldnt moderate the 2016 debates. Its impossible to divorce yourself from...
  • CBS News' Political Director: Obama Must 'Destroy' the Republican Party (new Face the Nation host)

    05/15/2015 2:56:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies ^ | 1/19/13 | John Nolte
    Reading the Lefts fevered desires over at Slate isnt anything new. Not even articles breathlessly titled and subtitled: Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party. Not even articles that read: The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat. Obamas only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his...
  • New Face the Nation Host Urged Obama to PulverizeDestroyDelegitimize GOP

    05/15/2015 2:58:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies ^ | 4/13/15 | John Nolte
    It was announced over the weekend that on June 7 John Dickerson will replace Bob Schieffer as the host of CBS News Face the Nation. CBS News president David Rhodes whose brother Ben is a top Obama official most famous for editing the truth out of the infamous Benghazi talking points said of Dickerson, John is first and foremost a reporter and thats what hell be as anchor of Face the Nation. His work in the studio will always be informed by what hes learned in Iowa, in New Hampshire, on Capitol Hill anywhere theres news....
  • Go for the Throat! (new Face the Nation host)

    05/15/2015 3:01:30 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies ^ | January, 2013 | John Dickerson
    On Monday, President Obama will preside over the grand reopening of his administration. It would be altogether fitting if he stepped to the microphone, looked down the mall, and let out a sigh: so many people expecting so much from a government that appears capable of so little. A second inaugural suggests new beginnings, but this one is being bookended by dead-end debates. Gridlock over the fiscal cliff preceded it and gridlock over the debt limit, sequester, and budget will follow. After the election, the same people are in power in all the branches of government and they don't get...
  • CBS Political Director Dickerson Doubles Down On Obama Destroying GOP (new Face the Nation host)

    05/15/2015 3:07:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 1/22/13 | Noel Sheppard
    As NewsBusters reported Saturday, CBS News political director John Dickerson advised the current White House resident to destroy the Republican Party. On Tuesday, Dickerson doubled down in a Slate piece titled "They Hate Me, They Really Hate Me: Conservatives despise my analysis of Obamas second-term options. But it was analysisnot advice." "I was using a very specific definition of transformational presidencies based on my reading of a theory of political science and the president's own words about transformational presidencies from the 2008 campaign," Dickerson wrote. "It was also based on these givens: The president is ambitious, has picked politically controversial...