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  • Conservatives Are Winning

    10/02/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as 003, which means I have been active at the national level of the conservative movement longer than every living conservative except for two others. 002 is Dr. Lee Edwards, Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and 001 is the first lady of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly. I say this to emphasize the fact that I know what it's like for the conservative movement to be on hard times, and 2014 is a time to be encouraged and optimistic. I strongly disagree with my friends at the local, state and national level who...
  • Obama to Take Unilateral Action on Immigration One Week After Midterm Elections?

    10/02/2014 9:17:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Guy Benson
    We've been talking about this inevitability for weeks now, so the only 'newsy' item in this Buzzfeed story is the alleged timeline, which the White House is disputing. President Obama has every intention of expanding his DREAM Act-style power grab to millions of adults who entered the country illegally -- he just knows that doing so before voters go to the polls would further endanger a bunch of Democrats up for re-election. Solution: Don't rethink the unpopular idea; delay it until the opportunity for an electoral backlash passes. That political Rubicon looms in 34 days. If reporter Adrian Carrasquillo's sources...
  • It looks like a GOP wave; the question is how far it goes

    10/02/2014 8:08:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 2, 2014 | 5:00 am | Michael Barone
    What may have happened is this: Over the summer Democrats used their money advantage to savage Republican opponents. When spending got equalized in September, Republicans’ numbers rose. So Republicans retain big leads to pick up three open seats in states carried by Mitt Romney —West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. Republican nominees have moved ahead of three Democratic incumbents in Romney states (Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana) and in two target states carried by President Obama (Colorado and Iowa).Only in North Carolina, which Romney narrowly carried, has the Republican not yet overtaken the incumbent Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan — and her...
  • The Apocalypse Caucus Is Going To Have A Lot More Company (no bias here!!)

    10/02/2014 6:49:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Seth D. Michaels
    If Republicans take over both houses of Congress this fall, some observers have said, it’s an opportunity for the GOP to “show they can govern,” and GOP leaders like Sen. John Cornyn insist that Republicans will be “responsible adults” if they win. But it’s not up to GOP leadership. It’s up to the Apocalypse Caucus. Since the GOP takeover of the House in 2010, the pattern has become depressingly familiar: policy after policy getting dragged to the right, totally unnecessary crises and last-minute near-crises, performative belligerence as an end in itself, all driven by a large and increasingly powerful right...
  • Growing evidence that Obama’s decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats

    10/02/2014 6:31:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Ed O'Keefe
    Less than a month after President Obama announced he would delay using his executive authority to reform immigration laws, there is evidence that the decision is doing exactly what he hoped to avoid: hurting Democrats. Activists in key states say it is increasingly difficult to register would-be Latino voters who would vote for Democrats because of unhappiness over the decision. Poll numbers for Obama and Democrats have also dropped farther among Hispanics than the population at large. One group has even launched a campaign against four Democratic senators who backed a GOP proposal to bar Obama from taking any executive...
  • ISIS on the trail: New Mexico Senate candidate stands by web video showing James Foley’s killer

    10/02/2014 6:17:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    New Mexico Republican Senate candidate Allen Weh says he didn’t intend to make national headlines with the release of a provocativeWeb video that used a frame of video of American journalist James Foley’s killer – a move his critics called “offensive.” But now that he is in the spotlight, Weh told “Power Players” he has absolutely no regrets over his controversial entrance onto the national stage. “I'm not a politically correct guy in a lot of ways, that's one thing,” Weh said. “This town may not be ready for me. I will call a spade a spade.” Standing by the...
  • NC: NRSC Ad: Hagan Is "A Nice Woman, But Not An Effective Senator"

    10/02/2014 6:01:52 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    The NRSC released this ad featuring N.C. women who can't think of anything Sen. Kay Hagan has accomplished in the past five years. As one says, "she's a nice woman, but not an effective Senator."
  • Rove to GOP Candidates: Be Bold and Clear About Principles

    10/02/2014 5:57:09 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 45 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Elliot Jager
    Momentum is with Republican candidates ahead of next month's midterm elections. "To close the sale" GOP candidates need to emphasize growing the economy, securing the country, and reforming healthcare, writes veteran strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. At the national level, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will unveil on Thursday the party's 11 "Principles for American Renewal." It is up to local candidates to apply this thematic framework in their campaigns in a way that speaks to independent voters and energizes Republicans, writes Rove. The national committee has laid the groundwork for victory, he says....
  • Jewish Conservative Closes Gap in NY First Congressional District

    10/02/2014 5:50:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Karin McQuillan
    Earlier this fall, pundits were predicting only modest Republican gains in the House. Suddenly there is talk that Republicans could win the highest number of House seats since Truman. This latest report doesn’t even mention one of the tightest congressional races in the country, where Republican candidate Lee Zeldin has closed a ten-point gap in one month. Real Clear Politics is still listing New York’s First Congressional District, encompassing eastern Long Island, as a toss-up. But with half of undecideds negative on the Democrat incumbent, and Obama’s disapproval at 62%, it seems voters are ready for a change. The pollsters...
  • SCF's Cuccinelli: Rob Maness Has a Shot at Landrieu's Senate Seat

    10/02/2014 5:34:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 10/1/14 | Cathy Burke
    Senate Conservatives Fund president Ken Cuccinelli says tea party-aligned GOP candidate Rob Maness "clearly" has a shot at winning the key U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. The deep-pocketed conservative group plans to boost Maness with radio and TV ad busy ahead of the Nov. 4 election in which vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is fending off a fierce challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, as well as Maness, USA Today reports. A Real Clear Politics polls average shows Cassidy up more than 4 points over Landrieu in a primary that if no candidate is able to get 50 percent,...
  • Mississippi Supreme Court set to hear Chris McDaniel's election challenge this morning

    10/02/2014 5:31:21 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    JACKSON, Mississippi -- A dispute over a Mississippi Senate primary is moving into the state Supreme Court. Justices hear arguments Thursday -- it is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. -- as challenger Chris McDaniel tries to revive his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.
  • Thad Cochran : 41 yrs in office: 11 million $'s: Barely walks, barely talks

    10/02/2014 5:25:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    Finally, after much ado, ok not really much gets started and the 1st gentlemen that speaks mentions some of Thad's accomplishments so here goes... •Some 2-lane road that was an accident waiting to happen he brought 5 millions dollars to the state to make it bigger and stuff and.... •I-269 International Trade Corridor that will connect to Collierville...and some other neat stuff I wasn't really paying attention to and we should help Thad Cochran to keep helping us know, bring home the federal dollars which is why the GOP spent every penny they could muster to keep the...
  • Why Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush (birds of a feather)

    10/02/2014 5:19:48 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Scott Wong
    It’s been a yearlong courtship, but no one quite knows if it will pay off. For the past year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been wooing his longtime friend Jeb Bush to jump into the 2016 presidential race, even as he has shunned potential Tea Party rivals like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. ADVERTISEMENT Boehner stepped up his lobbying efforts this week, singing the former Florida governor’s praises in a pair of media interviews. The Speaker’s preference for yet another Bush White House run is partly political, partly personal. He sees Bush as undeniably the...
  • Opposing John Boehner for Speaker Could Come With Repercussions

    10/02/2014 5:17:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Melissa Quinn
    Conservatives planning to buck the status quo and oppose the reelection of John Boehner as House speaker have received a warning shot. Sources on Capitol Hill say dissenters could be stripped of their committee assignments should they fail to support the two-term speaker. There havenÂ’t been any public challenges to Boehner, though reports have surfaced that Republicans who vote against him on the floor would be punished. The process will play out after the Nov. 4 midterm elections when the Republican conference holds a closed-door vote for majority leader, majority whip and conference chair. Those roles are currently held by...
  • Three years later, Pentagon unit still hides Internet voting test results

    10/02/2014 3:29:28 AM PDT · by drpix · 8 replies ^ | 10/1/14 | Greg Gordon
    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing an obscure Defense Department unit over its failure for three years to disclose the results of testing on the security safeguards of Internet voting systems that are increasingly being used to cast absentee ballots. {This} Pentagon unit, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, has effectively bankrolled many states’ shift to online voting, disbursing tens of millions of dollars in grants for the purchase of equipment that includes Internet balloting options... {T}he Federal Voting Assistance Program said it expects to release the results in 2015 {after the 2014 election}.
  • The ‘Do It for Bob’ Republicans (well worth the long read!)

    10/02/2014 3:29:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 10/2/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    Why is the GOP struggling? This was supposed to be a “wave” election. The money isn’t coming in, says Karl Rove in a cautionary column titled “Why a GOP Senate Majority is Still in Doubt.” Races that were supposed to be push-overs are suddenly nail-biters. Kansas, that reddest of red states, is in turmoil over incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. In North Carolina, Thom Tillis, the candidate the GOP establishment assured was just the candidate to take Democrat Kay Hagan’s Senate seat, is now behind in the polls. The wave election that was once seen as a certainty is now seen...
  • An Empty GOP Campaign vs. A Winning Conservative Campaign: Tillis in N Carolina and McConnell in KY

    10/01/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 43 replies
    CHQ ^ | 10/1/2014 | CHQ Staff
    This may be one of the few times you see the Senate’s Republican Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, praised on the pages of CHQ – but right now he is running a tough and professional campaign against a strong challenger. And it appears McConnell is beginning to open a lead against this strong challenge not because he is outspending Alison Lundergan Grimes, but because he is campaigning on the issues that matter to conservatives. We contrast that with North Carolina Republican challenger Thom Tillis, who by rights should be running away with the race in his campaign to unseat...
  • Cuomo Says He’s Reaching Out To ‘Rockefeller Republicans’

    10/01/2014 12:15:17 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    As his campaign released a new TV ad featuring an endorsement from, literally, a Rockefeller Republican, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday he plans to reach out to moderates in the GOP. “I’m reaching out to Democrats, but I’m going to campaign the way I govern,” Cuomo said. “I’m also reaching out to moderate Republicans because my politics, my governing philosophy was fiscally responsible and socially progressive. That is what the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are.” Cuomo has worked well with Republicans in Albany over the last four years, winning measures on socially liberal provisions such as same-sex...
  • Elbert Guillory: Mary Landrieu is Not Helping Blacks

    10/01/2014 4:51:58 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 23 replies
    FreeAtLast PAC ^ | 9/29/14 | Elbert Guillory "You are not Mary's cause and you are certainly not her charity. You are just a vote - nothing less, nothing more. You are just a means to an end, so that she remains in power."
  • GOP aims for gains in legislatures

    10/01/2014 8:19:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies ^ | 9/29/14 | Steven Shepard
    For Republicans at the state level, 2014 isn’t just about maintaining the gains they’ve made in governorships. The GOP also hopes to increase its share of the nation’s state legislative chambers — potentially increasing its foothold on the levers of power to set policy. Republicans effectively control 59 of the 98 state legislative chambers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures; Nebraska has a unicameral, nonpartisan legislature. It’s a huge swing since before the previous midterm elections, in 2010, when Democrats controlled 62 chambers. The GOP surge at the state level allowed them to lock in many of their...
  • Mary Landrieu and Rob Maness debate in Kenner

    10/01/2014 5:53:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 10/1/14 | Elizabeth Crisp
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Rob Maness squared off on issues related to wetlands, energy policy and busting through the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., in front of a packed crowd at Kenner City Hall on Tuesday night, but the leading GOP candidate, Bill Cassidy, wasn’t in attendance. State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, said Cassidy, a Baton Rouge Republican, personally asked him to sit in his place. Hollis said U.S. Rep. Cassidy had a prior engagement and couldn’t make it to the Alliance for Good Government Forum. During the nearly 45-minute discussion, Maness and Landrieu outlined their...
  • Tea Party revolt imperils Kansas

    10/01/2014 5:16:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 61 replies ^ | 9/30/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas Tea Party supporters are threatening to sit out the state’s pivotal Senate election, potentially dealing another blow to the reelection hopes of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). Though schisms within the GOP base rarely have such an outsized impact on a general election contest, the lack of support from the conservative base could be devastating to the vulnerable Roberts’s chances against surging independent Greg Orman. Multiple sources tell The Hill that a group of Tea Party leaders in the state are meeting Wednesday to try to decide whether they should go to bat for the incumbent this fall or sit...
  • Retired GOP Senator Refused To Film Campaign Ad For Pat Roberts

    09/30/2014 12:13:05 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies ^ | 9/30/14 | Dylan Scott
    Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker (R-KS) refused to film a campaign TV ad on behalf of vulnerable incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday. Kassebaum Baker represented Kansas in the Senate from 1978 to 1997 and was succeeded by Roberts, who had been a congressman. Her father Alf Landon was governor of Kansas and the Republican nominee against FDR in 1936. “There’s just disappointment around the state,” she told the Star of Roberts. “They feel they don’t know him now.” Roberts is facing an unexpectedly robust challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman, who currently leads the...
  • This Is What's the Matter With Kansas

    09/30/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 34 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 29, 2014 | John B. Judis
    The midterm elections of 2010 were good for Republicans nearly everywhere, but amid the national Tea Party insurgency, it was easy to overlook the revolution that was brewing in Kansas. That year, the GOP won every federal and statewide office. Sam Brownback, a genial U.S. senator best known for his ardent social conservatism, captured the governor’s mansion with nearly double the votes of his Democratic opponent. And having conquered Kansas so convincingly, he was determined not to squander the opportunity. His administration, he declared, would be a “real live experiment” that would prove, once and for all, that the way...
  • Democratic CT State Representative Busted on 19 Charges of Voter Fraud

    09/29/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 38 replies
    RedState ^ | Sept. 29, 2014 | Jake (Diary)
    Time and again, we hear from the Democrats that voter fraud is not an important issue. Despite their ardent insistence, we continue to see people getting arrested for voter fraud, usually from their own party! Today’s news continues that trend. Democratic Connecticut State Representative Christina Ayala has been arrested on 19 counts of voter fraud.
  • Republicans do conservatism a disservice by running on nothing

    09/29/2014 7:54:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/29/2014 | Philip Klein
    If history has taught conservatives anything, it is that having Republicans in power is a necessary but by no means sufficient condition to advance a conservative agenda. During the George W. Bush era, for instance, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress. Spending soared, the federal role in education grew, and entitlements underwent their most significant expansion since Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. Republicans claim to have rediscovered their commitment to limited government principles as a reaction to President Obama. But with the possibility of retaking control of the Senate within their grasp, Republicans have decided to pursue...
  • Long Shots Loom as Spoilers in Tight November Races Across Nation [Watch the Libertarians]

    09/29/2014 11:35:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/29/2014 | Jonathan Martin
    WASHINGTON — In an election year shaped by voter anger toward the political establishment, the outcome of an unusually large number of close Senate and governor’s races could be determined by the outsize role of third-party candidates. The potential spoilers include a quixotic former three-term senator, a pizza delivery man and an Alaskan whose name, Fish, summons a favored native food. They represent independents, Libertarians and other parties that have suddenly become relevant — and could affect the balance of power in Congress and decide who runs the governor’s offices in several states. “If people don’t like their choices with...
  • Conservative Political Operatives Form 'Conservative Review' Mega-Scorecard for Congress

    09/29/2014 11:30:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 9/28/14 | Matthew Boyle
    In a move that's likely to cause heartburn for the GOP establishment and Democratic Party, a band of hardcore conservative politicos have grouped together to form a new scorecard and rating system for members of Congress. FreedomWorks’ director of minority outreach Deneen Borelli; Daniel Horowitz, a conservative who worked for Madison Project and has written columns for Breitbart News and RedState; former U.S. Senate Steering committee policy adviser Gaston Mooney; and conservative communications staffer Rachel Semmel, among others, have just launched the “Conservative Review.” “I am excited to be a part of an organization that pulls back the curtain on...
  • What the Romney boomlet says about the establishment GOP's feeble 2016 field

    09/29/2014 8:38:47 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 38 replies ^ | 9/29/14 | W. James Antle III
    Two-time presidential loser Mitt Romney's sprawling network of consultants and aides is sitting tight, waiting for the former Massachusetts governor to decide whether he wants to run for president a third time. Romney, who until recently had long denied any true interest in another bid, is reportedly talking the idea over with his family. Ann Romney isn't exactly denying it. Former running mate Paul Ryan, thought to be a possible presidential contender himself, is almost encouraging it. And Romney himself declined to close the door on the possibility in an interview with Romneyphile Hugh Hewitt. As I write this, an...
  • Why Republicans may not win the Senate after all

    09/29/2014 8:35:23 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 109 replies ^ | 9/29/14 | Craig Shirley
    Establishment Republicans should keep the champagne on ice until after the midterm elections. Too many are already popping corks, pronouncing their strategy of “crushing” the Tea Party during the primaries as a crucial step in their successful takeover of the U.S. Senate. There are increasing signs, however, that the GOP might not take control of the Senate and may only make modest gains in the House of Representatives. In states like North Carolina, for example, the GOP candidate hasn’t shown the ability to wage a major-league campaign. In other key battleground states, the establishment GOP is supporting problematic candidates, like...
  • The Tide of the Culture War Shifts (Bruce Braley goes after Joni Ernst on personhood)

    09/29/2014 6:31:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 28, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    Not long ago, it would have been unusual for a Democratic senatorial candidate in Iowa to run a powerful abortion-rights television ad like the one recently broadcast by Representative Bruce Braley. The ad lists in detail the anti-abortion positions taken by Mr. Braley’s Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. In the State Senate, the ad says, she sponsored a “personhood” amendment (declaring a fertilized egg to be a person) that would have the effect of outlawing abortion even in cases of rape or incest, and would also ban many common forms of birth control. Ms. Ernst is even shown saying at a...
  • Bleeding Kansas

    09/29/2014 6:39:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 29, 2014 | Richard A. Baehr
    Republicans are scrambling to save a seat that they thought was in the bag. Republican chances to win control of the Senate in the 2014 midterms, requiring a pickup of six seats, have taken a blow. Kansas, a state no one considered anything other than a safe hold for the party a few months ago, now appears to be slipping away. After a contentious primary resulting in a victory for the 78-year incumbent Pat Roberts over tea party challenger Milton Wolf, things have gone steadily south for Roberts. Wolf refused to close ranks and endorse Roberts. A self-funded independent, 45-year-old...
  • Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges

    09/28/2014 6:28:41 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 38 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | 09/26/2014 | New Haven Register
    HARTFORD >> State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges. Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release. The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.
  • Saving California One Republican At A Time

    09/29/2014 1:25:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | September 29, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    California is morphing into a warmer Detroit with beaches and pneumatic blondes, but it doesn't have to be this way. Only liberalism could've taken the most beautiful, most hard-working, most entrepreneurial state in the union and turned it into a shabby province composed of deadbeat Oliver Twists holding up their bowls demanding more. Now that might be changing. It might be changing because the GOP, believe it or not, may be learning to win again. It used to know how. I remember when California produced leaders like Ronald Reagan. Today, conservative Californians breathed a sigh of relief that they were...
  • The Difference Between Winners And Whiners: The midterms will provide a valuable object lesson

    09/29/2014 3:27:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 29, 2014 | David Catron
    Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Here’s how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If you’re a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and bitch about Mitch while Alison “Rubberstamp” Grimes heads to Washington. If you’re in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis “no repeal” Childers to win. That’ll show those RINOs!...
  • State Democrats Facing 2014 Obliteration in Vital National Swing State Ohio

    09/29/2014 3:49:33 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 29 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Does anybody get the feeling the Dems are increasingly  desperate to find new talent that doesn't implode?  Weak bench if you ask me... and telling There's plenty of similarities between the way they promoted a poorly-vetted Wendy Davis in Texas -and now gubernatorial candidate (and political goober) Ed FitzGerald in Ohio-  only to collapse in a utterly failed effort. The Buckeye state Dems blame a firm they hired to vet him, so typical of leftists to point the finger when they screw something up. Both of these Democratic Party 'rising stars' imploded spectacularly, all but guaranteeing the Republicans will not only retain...
  • Good news for Republicans in weekend polls: Not just a majority but a sizable one

    09/28/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On the polling front this weekend, Republicans have a few reasons to celebrate. Last week, the building blocks of the narrowest Republican Senate majority were clearly coming together. This week, polls indicate that Republicans have a number of avenues to pursue in their quest to win back the majority. In Louisiana, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has significantly narrowed the gap with Mary Landrieu (D-LA), but that race looks set to head to a runoff. A CNN/ORC survey released on Sunday shows Cassidy and Landrieu statistically tied with 40 to 43 percent support respectively. That poll also revealed that retired...
  • Senate No Toss Ups (Maps, Charts)

    09/28/2014 11:46:36 AM PDT · by Windflier · 24 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 28 September 2014 | unattributed
    Current Senate: 55* Democrats | 45 Republicans (please follow the link to view maps and charts)
  • Red-seat Dems fight for survival

    09/28/2014 9:32:57 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | September 28, 2014 | Tarini Parti
    For years, three House Democrats — West Virginia’s Nick Rahall, Georgia’s John Barrow and Minnesota’s Collin Peterson — have been survivors, defying political calculus to win term after term in solidly red Republican districts. They paddled through the 2010 GOP wave. They even overcame the flood of Mitt Romney’s double-digit margins of victory in each district in 2012. But 2014 could be their ultimate survival test. In an era of increasing polarization, Rahall, Peterson and Barrow are the three Democrats running for reelection who represent the most Republican districts in Congress. They’ve managed to hang on to their seats, even...
  • Nothing’s the Matter with Kansas

    09/28/2014 8:12:06 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 6, 2014 | Blake Hurst
    What’s the matter with Kansas? It’s a decade since Thomas Frank launched a thousand headlines with his book of that title, itself a reference to a famous 1896 essay by Kansas journalist William Allen White. Frank’s thesis was simple: Kansans, and by extension the rest of the red states, vote against their economic interests. Or as he puts it in the first page of his book: “People getting their fundamental interests wrong is what American political life is all about.” Is he right? Do voters in the great middle of the country ignore their economic interests to vote for the...
  • Politico: Sen. Kay Hagan’s family directly profited from stimulus she voted to enact

    09/27/2014 4:26:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Politico’s scoop on Kay Hagen is a couple of days old, but it’s worth mentioning in a tight Senate race in North Carolina, and not just for the scoop itself. Hagan’s vote on the 2009 stimulus package has come under fire after Politico discovered that $390,000 in ARRA grants went to a firm owned in part by her husband Chip: When Kay Hagan voted for President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, the Democratic senator hailed it as “the best way forward for working families across North Carolina.”One of the families that later benefited is her own.JDC Manufacturing, a...
  • Sarah Palin holds an alligator during Rob Maness campaign event

    09/27/2014 4:50:54 PM PDT · by BBell · 38 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/27/14 | Cole Avery
    Sarah Palin has made a lot of stump speeches, but the wide-eyed look on her face showed Saturday's might have been her first to feature a live alligator. Palin attended an event for Senate candidate Rob Maness at Restaurant des Familles in Crown Point. Following the speech, Maness surprised the former Alaska governor with a three-foot gator. The visit from the scaly guest -- courtesy of Insta-Gator Ranch in Covington -- was met with zydeco music and a standing ovation from the 100-plus Maness supporters in attendance. "She just laughed about it," Maness said. "She's a warrior for American and...
  • How Ted Cruz Is Defining Himself as the Counter to Rand Paul

    09/27/2014 5:54:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 26, 2014 | Rebecca Nelson
    At the Values Voter Summit, the Texan highlights his strong beliefs on conservative issues.In an already crowded field of likely contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz has found his way to stand out against potential primary opponent Rand Paul: championing the most fundamental planks of the conservative base. In a passionate speech Friday morning to conservatives at the Values Voter Summit, Cruz left no room for doubt about where he stands on the social issues that—albeit amid party conflict—still define the GOP. "How do we win? We defend the values that are American values," he boomed. "We...
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Leads Bruce Braley by 6 Points in Iowa Senate Race

    09/27/2014 7:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2014
    Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst has pulled ahead of Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in a race for the U.S. Senate that had been considered virtually deadlocked for months, a new poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register shows. Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in the race that is considered pivotal to the GOP's effort to retake the Senate on Nov. 4, the Register reports. Twelve percent of the 546 likely voters surveyed Sept. 21-24 said they were undecided. !
  • Iowa Senate Race: Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley

    09/28/2014 12:15:37 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 32 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | September 27, 2014
    DES MOINES — Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 6 percentage points in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race, a new Iowa Poll published Saturday night reveals....
  • Doug Robinson For Kansas House

    09/27/2014 1:22:56 PM PDT · by Persevero · 9 replies
    self ^ | 9-27-14 | self
    A good old friend of mine is a viable candidate for the House in Kansas. I'd like to direct fellow FReepers to him and his Facebook page - - I've known him since the 1980s - he's the real deal and worthy of your vote and support.
  • Got a Fund Raising Email from Mitt Romney today

    09/27/2014 10:25:02 AM PDT · by Windflier · 66 replies
    Email ^ | 27 September 2014 | National Republican Congressional Committee
    Fund raising email from 27 September 2014: We’re down to crunch time, Fellow Conservative. This is serious. With a crucial fundraising deadline only 4 days away, the NRCC needs your help to reach this month’s goal. These goals aren’t just arbitrary numbers, they are important mile markers, indicating whether or not our conservative candidates will have the resources needed to defeat their liberal opponents. I asked Congressional Republicans how I could help. They asked me to reach back out to you directly and ask for a contribution of $50, or whatever you can afford today. Month after month, the Democrats...
  • By Disrespecting Its Base, GOP Risks Electoral Flop

    09/27/2014 6:56:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 150 replies ^ | 9/26/14 | Rick Manning
    Political pollsters have a tough job. They have to create formulas to determine if the person they are interviewing is likely to vote, and it is within this calculation that their reputations are made. Typically, those who are likely to vote in an off-year election are pretty set. They are the people who always vote in elections — with some motivated by specific issues. In a wave election, the number of those motivated by specific issues escalates, changing the electoral landscape as the candidates who are beneficiaries of this increased participation sweep to victory. The 2014 election is rapidly looking...
  • Jeb Bush will not save the Republican establishment

    09/27/2014 6:53:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | Jamelle Bouie
    n Wednesday, Jeb Bush went to Greensboro, North Carolina, to stump for Thom Tillis, the state House speaker and the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate. This wasn’t a policy seminar or think tank event, it was a party rally and Bush had one job—to give red meat and boost enthusiasm for a flailing campaign. And he failed. Speaking to an audience of conservative North Carolinians, Bush made the case for immigration reform—“Fixing a system that doesn’t work is a big thing that I think will restore and sustain economic growth for this country”—and voiced his support for Common Core...
  • Senate Update: A Troubling Trend For Democrats In Colorado

    09/26/2014 10:12:06 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 15 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 25, 2014 | Nate Silver
    The battle for Senate control has been close all year, but also remarkably consistent. Way back in March, we described Republicans as slight favorites to pick up the chamber. And since FiveThirtyEight officially launched its forecast model this month, Republicans have had between a 53 and a 65 percent chance of winning the Senate. Our most recent update, as of Thursday evening, is close to the middle of that range, putting Republicans’ takeover chances at about 58 percent. SENATEUPDATE There’s no guarantee things will remain this way. At just about this time two years ago, Democrats broke open what had...